GILL, Eric

Eric Gill woodengraving’The Shipman’s Tale’



 Eric Gill wood engraving for Chaucer ‘Canterbury Tales’ printed by Gill and Hague from the original woodblock. Unsigned as published by Douglas Cleverdon in ‘Engravings 1928-1933 by Eric Gill’ in 1934. This edition is rare and was printed in a small edition size. The sheet has some light foxing, which is mainly in the margins, however there are two fox marks, one on the image,by the woman’s right hand, the other is just below her foot to the left. You may be able to see it on the image, else very good.

Image Size 190 x 140 mm
Paper size 210 x 310 mm


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Reference: Physick 586, Cleverdon 298 ,35. The wood engraving was originally cut for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ published by ‘The Golden Cockerel Press in 1929. It was used for the initial letter ‘O’ and an illustration on page 44, volume ll of ‘Canterbury Tales’. The edition was number 63 in the publications of the Golden Cockerel Press. The set of four large books is highly prized by collectors.


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