London: Faber & Gwyn Limited, 1927. First trade edition. Original yellow paper wrappers (7 1/4 inches tall) with inner flaps, original paper mailing envelope. Fine. Item #1117
"GLORY TO GOD IN THE LOWEST / THE SPOUT OF THE STARS IN SPATE— / WHERE THE THUNDERBOLT THINKS TO BE SLOWEST / AND THE LIGHTNING FEARS TO BE LATE"
First trade edition of G.K. Chesterton's Gloria in Profundis—with two illustrations by Eric Gill. A beautiful copy, complete as issued in the original Faber mailing envelope. Conceived by Faber and Gwyn as Christmas greetings for the holiday gift market, the 'First Series' of the Ariel Poems (issued from 1927 to 1931), featured a previously unpublished poem by a major writer, with a decorated cover and a colored illustration by a younger artist. Noted under the title as the "Chorus from an Unfinished Play," this is "the original first printing of the poem, decorated with wood-engravings by Eric Gill" ("Bambino" (P478) and "Nativity" (P479). Printed at the Curwen Press and published in August 1927 as no. 5 of The Ariel Poems. A deluxe edition of 350 copies in paperboards, and signed by Gill, followed in September. The final leaf lists the Ariel Poems, numbers 1 through 8. Chesterton would later contribute another poem, The Grave of Arthur (with drawings by Celia Fiennes) to the Second Series (1930). Skelton. Eric Gill: The Engravings, Sullivan. G.K. Chesterton: A Bibliography, 70.