Newport, Rhode Island: John Stevens, 1938. Limited edition. Octavo (9 inches tall), original staple-bound orange paper wrappers. Modest soiling along spine. A near-fine copy. Item #757
"MY THESIS IS THAT HUMAN CULTURE IS THE NATURAL PRODUCT OF HUMAN LIVING AND THAT HUMAN LIVING IS NATURALLY A MATTER OF HUMAN WORKING" Limited first edition of this lecture by Eric Gill—one of only 400 copies printed—uncommon in the original paper wrappers. The address, given before the Royal Society of Arts in April 1938, is illustrated here with an engraved frontispiece by Gill, captioned: "Machinery releases the worker for higher things, contemplation while you work" (first published in Gill's "Unemployment" in 1933). The text introduces short passages with Gill's epigrammatic declarations on the activities at the root of human society: "my thesis is that human culture is the natural product of human living and that human living is naturally and chiefly a matter of human working." Printed on laid paper by the Ward Printing Company and published by John Stevens (a year after his edition of Ade Bethune's Work) with his device on both the front wrapper and title page, and a limitation page on the final leaf. This first printing was followed by a 1939 second printing of 1000 copies. Not in Evan Gill.