Item #1193 The English Bible Selections. Eric Gill, Arthur Mayhew.
The English Bible Selections
The English Bible Selections
The English Bible Selections
The English Bible Selections
The English Bible Selections

The English Bible Selections

London: Ginn and Company Ltd., 1938. Original limp green cloth (6 5/8 inches tall), gilt titles, cartographic endpapers. Early owner signature to half title, faint rubbing to joints. A nearly-fine copy. Item #1193

"THE MAIN THEME OF THE BIBLE IS THE DEALINGS OF GOD WITH MAN"

First edition of this introduction to the Bible in English—illustrated by Eric Gill with an engraved ("Lucerna Pedibus") title device, three full-page plates, and two maps.

Edited by Arthur Mayhew, this literary appreciation of the greatest book of English prose includes a short Preface ("Arthur Mayhew / Second Sunday in Advent, 1938") by the editor. "The purpose of this book is to encourage the study of the English Bible as a glorious achievement of English literature and to promote the reading of it." Following a lengthy Introduction (in four sections), the Selections are divided into three major parts: I. Story and Song, II. The Law and the Prophets, III. Wit and Wisdom. The preface ends: "Mr. Eric Gill, whose work in this book is admirably consistent with its general purpose, has summarized on the title page what the Bible is to those who read it regularly; a Lantern unto our feet, which prevents us from stumbling in the field of thought and conduct." The plates are characteristic of Gill's later style of illustration: wood-engraved title page Lantern (P981), David and Goliath (P982), Moneychangers (P983), and Jesus and the Doctors (P984). The cartographic endpapers feature double-paged maps: The Middle East in Old Testament Times. The text is supplemented with Notes, Glossary, Some Important Dates, Index. Part of the Selected English Classics series (editor: A.H.R. Ball). Skelton, Eric Gill: The Engravings. Evan Gill, Bibliography of Eric Gill, 299.

Price: $75.00

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