London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1934. Limited edition. Tall narrow octavo (9 inches tall), original gilt white cloth, uncut. Slight foxing to endpapers, mild toning and faint soiling to boards, gilt bright, corners sharp. A near-fine copy. Item #882
"THE LORD'S PRAYER WE KNOW; BUT WHAT IS THE LORD'S SONG?" Limited edition of this essay by Eric Gill—one of only 500 copies printed at the Golden Cockerel Press—an excellent copy with an interesting provenance. Gill devoted more and more time to writing in his later years writing. The Lord's Song is based on Psalm 136: "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" Illustrated with a wood engraving of St. Thomas' Hands (P382, used on books containing writings by Gill) on the title page, and a full-page plate: The Lord's Song" (P856). Printed at the Golden Cockerel Press on Arnold and Foster's pure rag paper and numbered in ink on the limitation page, this is the first book to use of Eric Gill's Perpetua Roman and Felicity Italic types. This copy has a rather remarkable provenance, as evidenced by the prior owners' bookplates to the paste-down endpapers: A.M. (Albert Mayer) Cohn, bibliographer of George Cruikshank, whose bookplate features Cruikshank's "Connoisseurs at a Book Stall," and a Ditchling address label; Evelyn and Lowell Kerr, creators of one of the principal collections of Algernon Charles Swinburne in the U.S.; and the bookseller's ticket of Philip Duschnes, renowned New York bookseller and publisher of "The New Colophon." Evan Gill, 26, Chanticleer, 92.