London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1963. First edition. Small quarto (9 1/2 inches tall), contemporary three-quarter brick red morocco, patterned boards, black satin ribbon marker, original stiff pictorial wrappers. About fine. Item #565
"THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM POSSESSES WHAT IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF ERIC GILL'S WORK IN EXISTENCE" lllustrated catalogue surveying the extraordinary range of Eric Gill's engraved compositions in wood and metal, this copy bound in a rare custom hardcover binding. Gill's widow donated a large collection of original file copies of her husband's work to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1952. This illustrated companion to the formal V&A catalogue of the same year presents a frontispiece ("Self Portrait, 1927") and 205 black-and-white reproductions covering Gill's entire career. These images demonstrate the increasingly controversial Gill's enthusiasm blending the religious and the secular, the sacred and the profane. The engravings are preceded by a brief prefatory note by Trenchard Cox (Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum), an Introduction (by editor John Physick) and a List of Plates (headed by Physick's editorial note). Printed by The Curwen Press for Her Majesty's Stationery Office as "Large Picture Book 17." An excellent introduction to Eric Gill's work, quite unusual in this hardcover binding.