Waltham Saint Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1926. Limited edition. Small quarto (10 1/2 inches tall), original cream white cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Bookplates. Book nearly-fine, scarce jacket with modest loss at the base of the spine, modest creasing, short tears and a longer repaired tear at upper rear. A lovely copy, especially desirable in the valuable illustrated jacket. Item #1036
THE LAST HOURS IN THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST Limited edition of Eric Gill's Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi—with 6 exquisite engravings capturing the last hours of the Life of Jesus Christ. Published during Lent in March 1926, this copy—one of only 250 printed by Robert Gibbings at the Golden Cockerel Press—is complete with the scarce original "Mary Magdalen" dust jacket. After converting to Roman Catholicism in 1913, Gill secured his first major commission when he was hired to sculpt the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral. The formative work on the Stations took four years to complete and Gill would return to the imagery of the Passion again and again in later years. The Latin text, specifically the 26th and 27th chapters of the Gospel of Matthew, is derived from a contemporary French edition of the Vulgate. Gill prepared 6 wood-engraved illustrations depicting the final day in the Life of Christ—from the Last Supper to the Vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane to the Crucifixion at Golgotha—including tender images of Jesus with Mary Magdalen (which appears on both the title page and the front panel of the jacket) and Judas Iscariot ("The Kiss of Judas"). The dread of Gethsemane ("The Agony in the Garden") foreshadows three of Gill's most accomplished images of the Passion (The Carrying of the Cross, The Crucifixion, and The Deposition). Chanticleer 35; Evan Gill: Bibliography of Eric Gill, 276.