A nice impression of a proof by Eric Gill printed on fine handmade paper, possibly Mulberry paper which Gill often used. This proof was probably printed prior to publication to Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ ,Golden Cockerel Press, 1927. In good condition.
Image size 85 x 45mm
Sheet size 135 x 80mm
Provenance: Residue of the Golden Cockerel collection. Purchased at Bonham’s, Sale no. 20751.
The wood cut was cut to be used as the tail-piece for Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ No. 50 of the publications of the Golden Cockerel Press, 1927. The woodcut was subsequently printed from the original woodblock for the Douglas Cleverdon edition ‘Engravings 1928-1933 by Eric Gill’, printed by Gill and Hague, published by Faber & Faber Ltd in 1934. This edition is rare and was printed in a small edition size.
Reference: Physick 475, Cleverdon 193, 17