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Private Press, Illustrated Books and Modern First Editions

Wednesday 30th January 2019: 10:30am GMT

The four gospels

Lot 104

Golden Cockerel Press.- Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ (The), one of 500 copies, wood-engravings by Eric Gill, Laurence Hodson's copy, Waltham St. Lawrence, Golden Cockerel Press, 1931.

 

Estimate: £5,000 - 7,000

Hammer Price: £8,500

Full Lot Details

Golden Cockerel Press.- Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ (The), according to the Authorized Version of King James I, number 296 of 500 copies, wood-engraved illustrations and initials by Eric Gill, some full-page, Laurence W.Hodson's copy inscribed by him to his daughter-in-law Lilian on front free endpaper, original half cream pigskin, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, t.e.g., others uncut, very slight rubbing & soiling to spine, buckram boards a little mottled as usual, board slip-case inscribed by Hodson "Given to Lilian. Christmas 1931" (a little rubbed), [Chanticleer 78], 4to, Waltham St. Lawrence, Golden Cockerel Press, 1931.

⁂ Excellent association copy of Gill's typographical masterpiece.

Laurence W.Hodson (1864-1933) was an art collector and patron of William Morris and other leading artists of the Arts and Crafts movement. His house, Compton Hall, nr. Wolverhampton, was refurbished internally by Morris & Co. in 1896, and he supported the Guild of Handicraft and C.R.Ashbee in establishing the Essex House Press using the Kelmscott presses which he had purchased following Morris's death. His library included complete collections of the Kelmscott Press and the Vale Press, with many on vellum and several of the latter in bindings designed by Charles Ricketts, plus items from the Doves, Eragny, Essex House and other presses.

Full Lot Details

Golden Cockerel Press.- Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ (The), according to the Authorized Version of King James I, number 296 of 500 copies, wood-engraved illustrations and initials by Eric Gill, some full-page, Laurence W.Hodson's copy inscribed by him to his daughter-in-law Lilian on front free endpaper, original half cream pigskin, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, t.e.g., others uncut, very slight rubbing & soiling to spine, buckram boards a little mottled as usual, board slip-case inscribed by Hodson "Given to Lilian. Christmas 1931" (a little rubbed), [Chanticleer 78], 4to, Waltham St. Lawrence, Golden Cockerel Press, 1931.

⁂ Excellent association copy of Gill's typographical masterpiece.

Laurence W.Hodson (1864-1933) was an art collector and patron of William Morris and other leading artists of the Arts and Crafts movement. His house, Compton Hall, nr. Wolverhampton, was refurbished internally by Morris & Co. in 1896, and he supported the Guild of Handicraft and C.R.Ashbee in establishing the Essex House Press using the Kelmscott presses which he had purchased following Morris's death. His library included complete collections of the Kelmscott Press and the Vale Press, with many on vellum and several of the latter in bindings designed by Charles Ricketts, plus items from the Doves, Eragny, Essex House and other presses.