Ditchling, Sussex: Printed at the Ditchling Press by Douglas Pepler, 1918. Gill, Eric and Beedham, R. John. First and Limited Edition. Wraps. One of 240 copies, duodecimo size, 126 pp. Good +. Item #19071903
"Woodwork" contains twenty-one wood engravings of tools by the inimitable Eric Gill (1882-1940); a highly regarded printmaker, sculptor, and typographer (as well as a complicated man), Gill provided illustrations for numerous fine press publications by the Golden Cockerel Press and the Saint Dominic's Press, as well as with Pepler under the imprint of the St. Dominic's Press.
An informative look at the art of carpentry by craftsman-woodworker Arthur Romney Green (1872-1945), who, like Gill and Pepler, was influenced by William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Although the book is stated as "Volume I", no further volumes were issued.
___DESCRIPTION: Brown paper wraps, black lettering on the front wrap, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with black-and-white wood engraving, a total of thirty-one wood engravings in the text throughout: twenty-one wood engravings of carpentry tools by Eric Gill, ten wood engravings by R. John Beedham; Caslon O. F. type, Batchelor handmade paper, duodecimo size (7.75" by 5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xvi  2-110, one of 450 copies, this number 161.
___CITATION: Better than good, with clean wraps, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; overall minor edgewear to the wraps, some loss to the paper at the spine exposing parts of the gatherings (however, text block still solid), small loss to the bottom fore-edge corner of the title page.
___CITATIONS: Gill no. 269; Taylor and Sewell, no. A31.
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