Engravings by Eric Gill from The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ According to the authorized version of king james i with decorations by eric gill Printed and published at the Golden Cockerel PressMCMXXXI. The engravings and the typeface were commissioned especially for the book.
This is one of the most beautiful books I own; it has been described as one of the most beautiful books ever produced. I have a fac simile, not the orignal, sadly (or I could sell it and make a mortgage payment!) although the fac simile is also very beautiful, and is one of 600 copies made.
Commissioned works got a copyright of 50 years after publication; in addition, engravings had copyright of 50 years after publication or after the death of the creator (it seems to depend on whether the UK copyright office considers the particular engravings to have been artistic or not) but in either case they’re now out of copyright.
A dainty winged man wearing a flowing robe is holding up a sign that reads “The Gospel of Matthew”. There is one of these full-page engravings at the start of each of the four gospels in this book, each with [...] [more...]
Here we see a stylized “stable” with a star shining on Mary and the baby Jesus in her arms; Mary is presenting the baby boy to three men, each of whom raises one arm in salutation. One man holds a Rubik’s Cube, the second a bowl of incense, and the third a golden crown (or possibly a frightened porcupine). All the adults wear long robes; Mary is kneeling [...] [more...]
This full-page engraving appears at the start of the Gospel of Mark (as you might have guessed). It shows the symbol of Saint Mark, a winged lion, en passant (in passing), and obviously male and erect. [more...]