The Four Gospels

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 Press MCMXXXI
. 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.

[picture: Now When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem]

Now When Jesus Was Born in Bethlehem

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...]

[picture: Swash letter N with Three Kings and Mary and Jesus]

Swash letter N with Three Kings and Mary and Jesus

A decorative initial for the Adoration of the Magi. [more...]

[picture: Engraving: And Now When The Even Was Come]

Engraving: And Now When The Even Was Come

The text, “And now when the even was come” is a quote from the Gospel of Mark, 15:42. The word Even here is short for Evening. [more...]

[picture: Engraving: Jesus King of the Jews]

Engraving: Jesus King of the Jews

And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other [...] [more...]



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