(Pigotts: Printed by René Hague and Eric Gill for Mssrs. Sheed & Ward, London, 1931). 200 x 130 mm. (8 x 5 1/4"). 2 p.l., 120,  pp. FIRST EDITION. ONE OF 500 COPIES, SIGNED BY GILL AND HAGUE.
Original rose-colored buckram, flat spine with gilt titling, edges untrimmed. In original printed (price-clipped) dust jacket. With author's "St. Thomas' hands" device on title page, woodcut printer's device in colophon, and several facsimiles of calligraphy in the text. Gill 21. Jacket slightly soiled, spine with a hint of darkening, and trivial creasing along the top, but an extremely good jacket with all imperfections very minor, and the volume itself in virtually mint condition.
This is clearly a book to be read by typophiles, but its strongly stated opinions range widely, as is suggested by the dust jacket title ("Printing & Piety: an Essay on Life and Works in the England of 1931, & Particularly Typography"). Among other things, the book says that although "industrialism has now won an almost complete victory, the handicrafts are not killed, & they cannot be quite killed because they meet an inherent, indestructible, permanent need in human nature. . . . The two worlds can see one another distinctly and without recrimination, both recognizing what is good in the other--the power of industrialism, the humanity of craftsmanship. . . . Handicraft standards are as absurd for mechanised industry as machine standards are absurd for the craftsman. The application of these principles to the making of letters and the making of books is the special business of this book." Glaister describes our author, Eric Gill (1882-1940), as "an English craftsman, engraver, type designer, sculptor, and philosopher whose influence on contemporary book production has been profound and world wide." Gill studied lettering as a young man under Edward Johnston, then for five years beginning in 1905 designed and engraved title pages and initials for the Cranach Press. Later, he did a great deal of woodcut illustration for private press publications, especially the Golden Cockerel Press (including memorable work for the famous "Four Gospels," "Troilus and Criseyde," and "Canterbury Tales"). René Hague was Gill's son-in-law and business partner. (CBJ1755)
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PJP Catalog: 72.171