Wellingborough: Christopher Skelton, 1987. Item #04284
"A Reproduction Version Rather Than A Facsimile
Because That Is What It Is…" (Christopher Skelton)
[BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. GILL, Eric, illustrator. [Reproduction of the Golden Cockerel Press edition of] The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ. According to the authorized version of King James I. With decorations by Eric Gill. Wellingborough: Christopher Skelton at the September Press, .
Limited to 600 copies, this being one of 480 unnumbered examples.
Folio (13 x 9 1/4 inches; 330 x 235 mm.). [1, blank], [1, imprint], 268, , [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank],[xiv], [1, colophon], [1, limitation] pp. With sixty-four wood-engraved initial letters and illustrations by Eric Gill (counting the initial “N” on p. 8 and the lettering which goes with it as one illustration, although they are actually from two separate blocks). Printed on St Cuthbert's Mould-made, 140g, half rag paper.
Full black buckram by The Fine Bindery Limited. Spine with tan morocco label lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. Housed in the publisher's, felt-lined cream buckram slipcase. As new.
In a six-page note at the end of the volume Christopher Skelton writes: "This book is a reproduction version of The Four Gospels published by the Golden Cockerel Press in 1931. I call it a reproduction version rather than a facsimile because that is what it is, a copy produced by photo-lithography with no attempt to simulate the paper or binding of the original ." At the end of the book is Robert Gibbings's short four-page essay 'Memories of Eric Gill', illustrated with photographs.
“Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric Gill, the book among all books in which Roman type has been best mated with any kind of illustration” (Chanticleer).