Leigh-on-Sea, Essex: F. Lewis Ltd., 1946. First edition. Original cream linen boards (10 7/8 inches tall), uncut, original dust jacket. Gentle offsetting from the plates, mild wear and faint spotting to original dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #777
'IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS" Limited edition of these bold illustrations of the Ten Commandments—complete in the scarce original dust jacket. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament, in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Dorothea Braby was a prominent illustrator, perhaps best known for her work creating book illustrations for the Golden Cockerel Press. She prepared an illustrated title page and 11 black-and-white plates, each graced with a fine Roman numeral printed in red. The plates are preceded by a series of five epigraphs (including Matthew 19:17 and Matthew 5:19) and an explanatory Foreword, emphasizing the commonality of essential truths across the spectrum of world religions: "For the express purpose of illustrating the universality behind all true teaching, texts have been incorporated also from the wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tsze and others. Buddha's own five commandments are almost identical with the Hebrew law." The Ten Commandments are each captioned in the plate with a quotation, with the sources footnoted on the final leaf. A limitation statement: "This edition of 'The Commandments' is printed on mould-made paper and limited to 1025 copies of which 1000 only are for sale."