Cantique des Cantiques de Salomon.

Cantique des Cantiques de Salomon.
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[Paris: Editions de Cluny, 1931]. Tall slim 8vo, 32, (1, colophon) pp. With 10 wood-engravings and several initial letters by Eric Gill. Text printed in red and black. Original de luxe binding of full red morocco signed by O. Dorfner. Very slight spotting to upper cover, otherwise as issued. Edition limited to 100 copies in French, printed in the type Antiqua designed by Gill and cut by Prince; this book is one of the outstanding works of the Press and one of Gill’s masterpieces. Versions in Latin and German were also printed. Copies of this version are very scarce -- the last one at auction was in 1993, in the trade binding ($1100) and the Schimmel copy on vellum sold in 2000. Brinks 93: noting this edition but not in this binding, which appears to be unrecorded on paper copies. Sophie Schneideman noted of her copy: “Kessler seems to have got the very best out of Gill, with a darker mood and deeper intensity in his engravings than was usual for the artist. Some of this is achieved by the style of printing but much must have been due to Kessler's tight control of the production and strong influence over Gill's work for it. The partnership produced a truly remarkable work of art.” (Item Id: 107138)

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