Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

{Ed. Note: This is part VII of an on-going series by dlphcoracl looking at the greatest illustrated private/fine press books of all time. See Part I, II, III, IV, V and VI for the previous articles.} The Four Gospels is one of a trilogy of works illustrated with wood engravings by Eric Gill for the Golden Cockerel Press (GCP), including The Canterbury Tales and Troilus … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VII – The Four Gospels, Golden Cockerel Press (1931)

The Trve Historie of Lucian the Samosatenian – Golden Cockerel Press (1927)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Most people that are interested in fine printing and the Private Presses are familiar with the Golden Cockerel Press books from Robert Gibbings and Eric Gill; Troilus & Criseyde (1927), The Canterbury Tales (1929) and The Four Gospels (1931).  These are generally recognised as the best designed, illustrated and produced volumes to have come from the Golden Cockerel Press and many believe … Continue reading The Trve Historie of Lucian the Samosatenian – Golden Cockerel Press (1927)

Shakespeare’s Sonnets, William Shakespeare, New Albion Press

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor DlphcOracl. If you like what you see below, please contact Jonathan Finegold to place an order, or to say hello and express potential interest in future works he is considering; that being a book of Montaigne’s essays and another of Whitman’s poems. Mr. Finegold’s response to one of my questions is a wonderful example of how fine private … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets, William Shakespeare, New Albion Press

An Essay on Typography, by Eric Gill, Sheed and Ward (1931)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Eric Gill (1882-1940) was one of the greatest English artist-craftsmen of the twentieth century: a calligrapher, Illustrator, letter-cutter, mason, sculptor, stamp-designer, teacher, typographer, wood-engraver and writer. He was also a man of contradictions and reconciling the paradox of Gill the artist, Gill the deeply religious man who converted to Roman Catholicism with Gill the man can be difficult (for instance, see … Continue reading An Essay on Typography, by Eric Gill, Sheed and Ward (1931)

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

The Birth of Christ, Illustrated by Noel Rooke, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1925

{Ed. Note: Thanks to Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil) for this article on The Birth of Christ from Golden Cockerel Press.} The great calligrapher Edward Johnston was appointed to teach a course in Writing and Illuminating at the Central School of Art and Design, London, in 1899.  Two of his first pupils were Eric Gill and Noel Rooke (1881-1953).  Rooke learned that the form of … Continue reading The Birth of Christ, Illustrated by Noel Rooke, The Golden Cockerel Press, 1925

The Song of Songs, Illustrations by Eric Gill, Golden Cockerel Press, 1925

One quick look through the Golden Cockerel Press edition of The Song of Songs is all it takes to understand both the illustrative genius of Eric Gill and why copies of it were seized and destroyed by New York Customs when imported into the United States early last century. Given The Song of Songs is a book of the Hebrew Bible, Gill’s emphasis on the … Continue reading The Song of Songs, Illustrations by Eric Gill, Golden Cockerel Press, 1925