8vo, pp. 40, [2 (colophon and blank)]; engraving to title, 5 engravings within text, cockerel in gilt below colophon; colophon signed ‘Enid Clay’ and ‘Eric G’; a very good, uncut and partly unopened copy in original quarter cloth over green paper boards, printed paper spine label; a few faint ink marks to upper cover.
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The constant mistress ... with engravings by Eric Gill.
No. 174 of a limited edition of 300 copies. Enid Clay was Eric Gill’s sister; he also provided engravings for her Sonnets and Verses (1925). Gill’s collaboration with the Golden Cockerel Press was enormously successful: ‘For a while the Golden Cockerel was Eric Gill’ (Fiona MacCarthy, Eric Gill p. 187). ‘No other wood-engraver of the period comes near to Gill’s originality and verve’ (ODNB).
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