Ditchling: St. Dominic's Press, 1923. Quarto. (ii), 75pp. One of 220 copies, printed in red and black with musical notations. Contains twelve wood engravings by Eric Gill and two by Desmond Chute. The book was printed for actual use by Dominican novices. A copy was displayed in the permanent exhibition of finely printed books at the King’s Library in the British Museum. A lovely modern Book of Hours, which Stanley Morison called “the best example I have seen of English liturgical-music printing.” In a striking designer binding by James Brockman of full purple Harmatan goat-skin, tooled with gold leaf and featuring transparent vellum panels on the front and back stamped with specially made “tree” tools. The lettering of the title is arranged between gold lines similar to the musical score printed in the book. The two transparent panels suggest windows looking out over Summer/Fall on the front and Winter/Spring on the rear. Gold and purple Japanese end-papers complete the effect. A fine copy in an appropriately reverent binding. Item #28593
(Gill 384; Taylor and Sewell A108).