Item #1512 The Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic; Constitution and Rules. St. Dominic's Press.

The Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic; Constitution and Rules

[Ditchling]: Saint Dominic's Press, [c.1922]. Original field gray wrappers (4 1/2 inches tall), 4 pages stitched in wrappers printed in black. Faint trace of foxing to wrappers, otherwise Fine. Item #1512


Constitution and Rules of the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic—"a society of Catholic craftsmen who wish to make the Catholic Faith the rule, not only of their life but of their workmanship." Illustrated on the front wrapper with Eric Gill's Hand and Cross (P 162) and "probably printed at St. Dominic's Press." Rare.

Founded in 1920 by the artists gathered around Hilary Pepler and Eric Gill in Ditchling, the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic built upon the earlier establishment of St. Dominic's Press. "Gill's total immersion in the living history of Roman Catholicism led him to found, with friends and their families, a kind of medieval guild: St. Dominic's at Ditchling in Sussex. Earlier, Gill had become a Third Order Dominican—binding himself to a way of life set apart. But now this small group went further though they were never bound to Ditchling by vow. It was a simple agreement to observe a common life, to have when possible, the prayer and rites of the Church as part of daily living, to set up workshops so that work would be a joy and joy their work" (Sister Elizabeth Marie).

Once Pepler joined Gill in the Catholic Church, Ditchling began to grow as "other craftsmen now came to join Hilary and Eric. David Jones and Desmond Chute were working with Eric as well as his first apprentice Joseph Cribb, and Joseph Cribb's brother Laurie. A master carpenter from Birmingham joined the group, and a weaver from Bradford. Together they founded the society known as the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. A statement of aim was published which explained that the Guild was primarily a religious fraternity for those who made things with their hands. The marvel was that the initial impulse of enthusiasm was able to keep them in harmonious collaboration for so long" (Brocard Sewell). Sister Elizabeth Marie, IHM. Eric Gill: Twentieth Century Book Designer; Taylor & Sewell. Saint Dominic's Press: A Bibliography, A106.

Price: $100.00

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