[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2010. Gill, Eric. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 11 of 60 numbered copies, folio size, ca. 24 pp. in each volume. Near Fine. Item #CNJL1030
An innovative two-volume publication by The Old Stile Press, reprinting the original Golden Cockerel Press edition in one volume and printing for the first time an "alternative version" using Eric Gill's alternate illustrations, from his copper engravings. Of the five illustrations in the original Golden Cockerel edition - "God Sending," "Earth Waiting," "Earth Inviting," "Dalliance" and "Earth Receiving" - Gill made alternative plates of four (although only three were advertised in the note to subscribers laid in at the rear of that edition).
These alternative illustrations "basically follow the composition of the published versions but the male and female figures, already naked in the published versions, are presented in a state of realism which would clearly have been unexpected (and, in many quarters, unacceptable) at that time" (per the Preface). Both volumes follow the pagination of the Golden Cockerel edition, but employ a larger page size and Gill's Ariel typeface.
___DESCRIPTION: Patterned paper over boards, gilt stamped spine, in a matching slipcase. Folio (12-1/2" x 9-1/2"), pagination: unnumbered, approximately 24 pages per volume; this no. 11 of 60 copies (plus 15 hors commerce).
___CONDITION: Fine, clean and crisp condition, in a near fine slipcase with only minor rubbing to edges.
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