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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.

Title: The Four Gospels

Author: God

Date: 1931

Total items: 9

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Gospel of Mark]

Gospel of Mark

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...] [$]

[picture: Gospel of Matthew]

Gospel of Matthew

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...] [$]

[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...] [$]

[picture: Behold: Jesus taken down from the cross]

Behold: Jesus taken down from the cross

A Biblical scene enclosed in a circular vine. [more...] [$]

[picture: Gospel of John]

Gospel of John

An eagle with outstretched wings supports a board or sign reading “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT JOHN” and also holds in its talons a black snake. [more...] [$]


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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.


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