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Title: Eric Gill Collection, 1906-2011Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:(bulk 1910-1940)

ID: RB/RB003

Primary Creator: Gould, Charles P.

Other Creators: Gill, Eric

Extent: 442.0 Items

Arrangement: The Eric Gill Collection has been arranged into six series: Books, Ephemera, Prints, Drawings, Correspondence, and Reference Materials.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Eric Gill Collection contains over 400 items surrounding Eric Gill’s work and life. This collection consists of many of Eric Gill’s own books along with those for which he was the artist. Additionally, the collection includes drawings, printings, and ephemera, such as his daughter’s wedding invitation he created a wood engraving for and the materials towards his works, such as woodblocks for the Golden Cockerel Press’s The Canterbury Tales (1929-1931). The highlights of this collection feature original drawings, including several for the wood engravings of the Golden Cockerel edition of The Constant Mistress (1934), and drawings for their edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Famous for his typefaces, another item of interest is a 1906 alphabet written by Gill that exhibits the influence of designer Edward Johnson on Gill’s work. This collection provides a deep and substantial overview of Eric Gill’s work and processes. The items are divided into six series. Series 01: Books by Gill, Series 02: Ephemera, Series 03: Prints, Series 04: Drawings, Series 05: Correspondence, and Series 06: Reference Materials.

Collection Historical Note

The Library purchased this collection in 2005. The Eric Gill Collection was built over nearly 70 years since the 1930s by Charles P. Gould, a book collector from Pasadena, California, and includes over 400 items of Gill’s books, printings, drawings, correspondence, and engraved woodblocks for printing. Previously, in 2001, the Library purchased the Triple Crown Collection, a collection of books and printing ephemera from the legendary English Arts and Crafts presses, the Kelmscott, Doves, and Ashendene, which Charles P. Gould also collected and includes over 1,000 items, including items connected to Eric Gill, such as a woodblock of Gill’s Utopia type for the Ashendene Press and a Doves Press edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets for which Eric Gill was an engraver.

Administrative Information

Repository: RB Rare Books

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

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[Series 1: Books],
[Series 2: Ephemera],
[Series 3: Prints],
[Series 4: Drawings],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: Reference Materials],

Series 2: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Art & love : [announcement with specimen page], 1927Add to your cart.

An announcement for Douglas Cleverdon's edition of 'Art & love' by Eric Gill (book published in 1928). Page [1] is a variant of the title page (without illustration). Page [2] contains Cleverdon's description of the book. Page [3] is a specimen page from the book. Page [4] is an order form.

N8220 .G52 1927


Physical Description: Prospectus
Gill, Eric
Cleverdon, Douglas
Item 2: Eric Gill, 1882-1940 : [broadside], 1954Add to your cart.

[Stanford, CA : Stanford University Library, 1954]

Poster announcing the first major West Coast exhibition of Gill's work, held at the Stanford University Library, Nov. 7-Dec. 11, 1954.

N6797.G5 E75 1954


Physical Description: Broadside
Stanford University Library
Item 3: Altar cards (Roman rite)., 1918?Add to your cart.

[Ditchling, Sussex] : [St. Dominic's Press], [1918?]

BV196.A4 A48 1918 4o


Item 4: [Ordination Card] Thanks be to God for the ordination to the sacred priesthood of Raphael Davies, O.S.B. at the hands of the Bishop of Menevia, 8 March 1932., 1932Add to your cart.

[Ditchling, England?] ; [Hague & Gill?], [publisher not identified], [1932]

BV830 .T43 1932


Item 5: Lectiones ad Matutinum Officii defunctorum : juxta ritum Sac. Ord. Praed., necnon orationes ad processionem post missam pro defunctis., 1925Add to your cart.

Ditchling, Sussex : Typographia S. Dominici, 1925.

BX2020 .A2 1925 4o


Item 6: The Way of the Cross : being devotions on the progress of our Lord Jesus Christ from the Judgment Hall to Calvary as traditionally venerated by the Catholic Church., 1926Add to your cart.

Ditchling, Sussex : St. Dominic's Press, 1926.

BX2040 .W3 1926


Item 7: Jerusalem, 1934Add to your cart.

Jerusalem / compiled, drawn, and printed under the direction of F.J. Salmon.

[Jerusalem] : Survey of Palestine, 1934.

G7500 1934 .S87


Item 8: Catalogue of drawings & engravings by Eric Gill : Alpine Club Gallery, 5th to 14th May, A.D. 1918, 1918?Add to your cart.

Catalogue of drawings & engravings by Eric Gill : Alpine Club Gallery, 5th to 14th May, A.D. 1918 / [text by Douglas Pepler].

[S.l. : s.n., 1918?] (Ditchling, Sussex : Douglas Pepler)

N6797.G5 A4 1918


Item 9: Mr. & Mrs. Eric Gill invite ... to the marriage of their daughter Petra Helen and Mr. Denis Tegetmeier ..., 1929?Add to your cart.

[High Wycombe, England : E. Gill, 1929?]

Invitation to the wedding of Petra Helen Gill and Denis Tegetmeier at the Catholic Church of Saint Augustine at High Wycombe on January 7th, 1930.

N6797.G5 A69 1929


Item 10: Mr. and Mrs. Eric Gill invite you to the marriage and nuptial Mass of their daughter Joanna and Mr. Rene Hague ..., 1930Add to your cart.

[High Wycombe, England : Hague & Gill, 1930]

Invitation to the wedding and nuptial Mass of Joanna Gill and René Hague on November 19, [1930].

N6797.G5 A7 1930


Item 11: The Stations of the Cross [art reproduction] : reproductions in collotype after the original sculptures in Westminster Cathedral, 1926Add to your cart.

The Stations of the Cross [art reproduction] : reproductions in collotype after the original sculptures in Westminster Cathedral / by Eric Gill.

London : Medici Society, [1926]

N8053 .G55 1926  no.1-7

N8053 .G55 1926  no.8-14


Item 12: Memorandum re funeral etc., 1940Add to your cart.

Gill's detailed instructions for his upcoming funeral and burial, handwritten in sanguine ink.

NB497.G55 A36 1940 4o


Item 13: The advantages of wood engraving ..., 1976Add to your cart.

The advantages of wood engraving ... / Eric Gill [Broadside]

Northampton, Mass. : J.P. Dwyer, 1976.

NE1233 .G5 1976 fol.


Item 14: Engravings, 1928-1933 : prospectus, 1933?Add to your cart.

Prospectus for: Engravings, 1928-1933 / by Eric Gill (London : Faber & Faber 1934).

London : Faber & Faber Ltd., [1933?]

Specimen pages feature two engravings: 'Initials H and O (with Venus and Cupid)' (P582) [page 2] and 'The deposition' (P788) [page 3].

NE642.G5 .A522 4o


Item 15: [Personal scrapbook of Joanna Brigid Mary Gill, youngest daughter of Eric Gill]., 1927Add to your cart.

Scrapbook presented and inscribed to Joanna Gill by Donald Attwater (secretary to Eric Gill) on July 15, 1927.

Includes several engravings inscribed to Joanna by Eric Gill and René Hague.

NE642.G5 A4 1927


Item 16: [Wedding announcement, Edgar Breitenbach and Margaret Clay]., 1938Add to your cart.

Engraving created by Gill for his niece's wedding announcement card.

NE642.G5 A7858 1938


Item 17: [Wedding invitation, Elizabeth Gill and David Pepler]., 1927Add to your cart.

NE642.G5 A786 1927


Item 18: Remembrance from all at Pigotts, Christmas, 1941., 1941Add to your cart.

Remembrance card sent by Pigotts Press (i.e. Hague & Gill) to commemorate Eric Gill a year after his death in November, 1940.

NE642.G5 H34 1941


Item 19: Regina caeli [Broadside], 1920Add to your cart.

[Ditchling] : [St. Dominic's Press], [between 1920-1929?]

NE642.H27 A72 1920z 4o


Item 20: Weavers [Broadside], 1928?Add to your cart.

[Ditchling] : Printed at St. Dominic's Press, [1928?]

NE642.H27 A78 1928 4o


Item 21: The milkmaid [Broadside], 1923?Add to your cart.

Sussex : S. Dominic's Press, [1923?]

NE642.J66 A69 1923 4o


Item 22: A penny pie [Broadside], between 1920-1929?Add to your cart.

Sussex : St. Dominic's Press, [between 1920-1929?]

NE642.P87 A7 1920z 4o


Item 23: Upper and lower case alphabets for C.W. Beckett, 1906, 1906Add to your cart.

This collection consists of a calligraphic alphabet (lower case, numerals, and upper case) done by Eric Gill for C.W. Beckett, curator of the London County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts, along with an invoice and receipt for payment made out to Beckett.

NK3631.G54 A77 1906 fol.


Item 24: Robertson of Brighton., 1930Add to your cart.

Rubbing of an inscription designed by Eric Gill and engraved by Douglas Cleverdon for the Brighton Town Council to commemorate Frederick William Robertson.

NK8705.5.G5 R63 1930 fol.


Item 25: Sir Frederick Bridge C.V.O., 1925Add to your cart.

Reproduction (photocopy?) of a rubbing of an inscription engraved by Eric Gill at Westminster Abbey in honor of Sir Frederick Bridge, emeritus organist.

NK8705.5.G5 S57 1925 fol.


Item 26: Lancelot and Elaine [specimen pages] : being the eighth to the twentieth chapters of Sir Thomas Malory's Le morte d'Arthur, 1948Add to your cart.

Lancelot and Elaine [specimen pages] : being the eighth to the twentieth chapters of Sir Thomas Malory's Le morte d'Arthur / with engravings by Joan Hassall.

PR2042 .H32 1948


Item 28: [Tract on African medical mission], 1939Add to your cart.

[Tract on African medical mission] / Dr. Jean Meiklejohn, Dr. Joan Lamplugh.

High Wycombe : Printed by Hague, Gill & Davey, [1939?]

RA390.G74 M45 1939


Item 29: On the lawyer., 1928?Add to your cart.

Ditchling [England] : Printed & published at St. Dominic's Press, [1928?]

PR6031.E493 O5 1928


Item 30: Notices of books printed by René Hague and Eric Gill at Pigotts, nr Hughenden, Buckinghamshire. No. 3, May, 1932., 1932Add to your cart.

London : Sheed & Ward, [1932]

Z232.H143 N68 1932


Item 31: Gill Sans., 1927Add to your cart.

Pigotts, High Wycombe : Hague and Gill, printers, [1927]

Specimens of Gill Sans 24-72 pt. type, using text from Eric Gill's 'Essay on typography.'

Z250.5.G4 H34 1927 fol.


Item 32: Specimen of the Joanna type designed by Eric Gill, cut & cast at the Caslon letter foundry., 1930Add to your cart.

Pigotts, near Hughenden, Buckinghamshire : Rene Hague & Eric Gill, 1930.

Z250.5.J6 G55 1930


Item 33: Monotype Gill Sans conspectus.Add to your cart.

Z250.5.M65 M66 1935 4o


Item 34: A specimen of 'Monotype' series no. 239, Perpetua, with its related titling capitals in in three weights., [1950?]Add to your cart.

London : Monotype Corporation Limited, [1950?]

Z250.5.P47 M66 1950 4o


Item 35: Linotype announce an addition to their range of faces for text composition : the type, a recutting of a face designed by Eric Gill, is named Pilgrim ..., 1953Add to your cart.

London : Linotype & Machinery Ltd., 1953.

Z250.5.P55 L56 1953 4o


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