Utopia by Sir Thomas More, Golden Cockerel Press



Utopia by Sir Thomas More, Golden Cockerel Press, 1929

This copy of Utopia by Sir Thomas More was designed by Eric Gill and Robert Gibbings at the Golden Cockerel Press in 1929. The beauty of this book is that here Eric Gill began to experiment with the typographic design he was soon to evolve into several books he designed for the Golden Cockerel Press. This work developed into his masterpiece The Four Gospels. This was a highly creative time at the Press for Robert Gibbings and Gill. They worked closely together on a series of books that are considered some of the greatest private press books.

Sir Thomas More (1477-1535) was an English lawyer and and statesman. He was at one time, one of Henry VIII’s most trusted civil servants, becoming Chancellor of England in 1529. He was also a scholar and writer. In 1516 he published his work entitled Utopia. In it he described in detail an ideal perfect world.

This book contains throughout wonderful engraved titles with illustrated initials by Eric Gill. It is beautifully printed on English hand-made paper. It is a first and only edition by the Golden Cockerel Press, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 219.

The title on the spine has faded slightly. The cover has faded slightly since 1929 and the corners of the hardback are slightly bumped. The inside pages are clean and bright.

A rare and lovely book.

Read more about Sir Thomas More’s Utopia on the British Library website.

Eric Gill (1882-1940)

Robert Gibbings (1889-1958)

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