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)

Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) was a Scottish painter, illustrator and celebrated wood-engraver. She was born in Irvine and from 1911-1917 attended the Glasgow School of Art where she met the art critic and painter William McCance who she married in 1918. McCance and Miller Parker lived in Chiswick in the twenties and were near … Continue reading Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

William Shakespeare. The mere name puts students around the world into a state of fear and grief, sends conspiracy theorists into excited revelry and draws nervous shame from the masses who have never experienced Shakespeare. Yet, for lovers of literature, especially those who have read and re-read Shakespeare after reaching a mature age, hearing his name excites one’s soul while stimulating intellect, recalling scene after … Continue reading The Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies of William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939/1940)

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 Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933

In the last week or so, in the spirit of the holidays, Books and Vines has taken a look at A Christmas Carol and The Chimes, both by Charles Dickens, both from the early days of the Limited Editions Club (LEC).  We now take a look at The Cricket on the Hearth, which is yet another Dickens’ Christmas story provided to fine book lovers in an … Continue reading The Cricket on the Hearth, by Charles Dickens, Limited Editions Club, 1933