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533 Liverpool Road
Islington
London
N7 8NS
Contact Ali & Giles Bird OBE
Telephone 020 7607 0724
Mobile 07702 893 148 or 07816 834 265
Specialists Quality Fiction and Scarce Books, Twentieth Century Literature, Signed & Association Copies, Selected 18th & 19th Century Authors & Subjects, Illustrated Books, Fine Press, Rare British Mysteries & Thrillers
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The first important publication using Eric Gill's work for the Golden Cockerel Press

Solomon, King of Israel - Text edited by Father John O'Connor

The Song of Songs, The Golden Cockerel Press 1925

Completed on 17th October 1925, and printed by Robert Gibbings for the Golden Cockerel Press in Waltham St. Lawrence in Berkshire, this scarce issue was limited to only 750 numbered copies of which this book is #188. In the marriage of type and engravings, and the very skilful use of colour for initials, the book shows how well Gill and Gibbings were working together in terms of integrated design.

Note
This early work from Eric Gill was very controversially received for its explicit portrayal of nudity. It is uncommonly found, and especially so in such fine condition in its original dust-wrapper.

Quote
"One of the great works of the early twentieth century British revival of woodcut and fine printing. Gill produced a stunning version with illustrations of great sensuousness and simplicity." - Mike Ashworth

Illustrated
Eric Gill provides a colophon and initial letters printed in red, with twenty elegant engravings that illustrate the verse of the story aesthetically and erotically.

Edition
First impression of first edition; limited to only 750 numbered copies

Condition
Fine, with original dust-wrapper

Binding
Cream buckram boards, with title to spine lettered in gilt; top edge trimmed, others deckled.
£3,000