An Essay on Typography.
London: Sheed & Ward, (1931). Octavo. iv, 121 pp. First edition. One of 500 copies signed by Eric Gill and Rene Hague and printed by Hague & Gill. This is a presentation copy, inscribed on the colophon. Illustrated with twenty-five figures, including ten type specimens and four illustrations from wood engravings by Gill. According to the bibliography, there were twenty-five copies specially bound by Donald Attwater in full Welsh sheepskin tooled in blind. The present copy appears to be one of those specially bound copies, as it is in full sheepskin with blind tooling, though with very subtle differences from the bibliographical description. Evan Gill notes, for instance, that "the blind tooling on front and back was not uniform in design" and that on the present copy is uniform. He also notes that GILL TYPOGRAPHY reads downward on the spine, where here, the author's name is not on the spine. Slight fading to spine, very minor bump to spine head, minute scuffs to soft leather, as is typical of sheepskin. A fine copy, nevertheless, of a seminal work on typography, in a rarely seen binding state. Item #27600