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Eric Gill (1882–1940)

Author of An Essay on Typography

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About the Author

Includes the names: Eric Gill, Arthur Eric Rowton Gill

Image credit: Courtesy of Joe Cribb, the Eric Gill Society. http://www.ericgill.org.uk/

Works by Eric Gill

An Essay on Typography (1931) 371 copies
Autobiography (1940) 64 copies
All the Love Poems of Shakespeare (1947) — Illustrator — 36 copies
Beauty Looks After Herself (1933) 19 copies
Letters of Eric Gill (1947) 15 copies
Twenty-five Nudes (1938) 12 copies
Last essays (1942) 8 copies
Art (1934) 6 copies
Eric Gill: A Bibliography (1991) 6 copies
First nudes (1954) 5 copies
Art & Prudence An Essay (1928) 3 copies
Sulla tipografia (2005) 1 copy
Unemployment 1 copy
The Phaedo of Plato. (1930) 1 copy
Art 1 copy
The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ — Illustrator — 1 copy
Sacred & secular &c (1940) 1 copy
Art & love 1 copy

Associated Works

Twelfth Night (1601) — some editions — 10,644 copies
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602) — Decoration, some editions — 2,022 copies
Troilus and Cressida (1374) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,865 copies
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy (1768) — Designer, some editions — 1,717 copies
Song of Songs {broadside} (1935) — Illustrator, some editions — 387 copies
Books and Printing: A Treasury for Typophiles (1951) — Contributor — 95 copies
Wood engraving (1921) — Illustrator; Appendix; Introduction — 15 copies
Every man an artist : readings in the traditional philosophy of art (2005) — Contributor, some editions — 10 copies
American Aphrodite (Volume Three, Number Ten) (1953) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Catalogue 97, Rare & interesting books from G. F. Sims (1977) — Cover artist — 1 copy
A catalogue of the Llewelyn Powys manuscripts (1956) — Cover artist — 1 copy
Typography : a quarterly, no. 5, Spring 1938 (1938) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Uma boa forma de acompanhar a visão de um grande Tipógrafo do início do século XX. 100 anos desde então e observar que muito do que ele criticava à época, contra o excessivo industrialismo, observa-se sob postura similar em relação à excessiva digitalização. Mais do que abolir o status quo, refletir porque chegamos a esta percepção de arte, e se vale a pena continuar por esse caminho. Isso e muitas dicas valiosas na composição de livros.
danielzonn | 3 other reviews | Mar 25, 2022 |
Benché Gill sia oggi ricordato soprattutto come un artista della tipografia, non meno interessante fu il suo contributo teorico rispetto alla composizione tipografica. Questo saggio - il primo scritto da Gill - venne pubblicato in cinquecento esemplari nel giugno 1931 e nelle sue pagine, lucide e austere, si rispecchiano gli elementi di crisi propri di quel momento storico: in particolare, il conflitto tra industrializzazione e antiche procedure di stampa manuale, che oggi conosce inediti e allora impensabili sviluppi grazie all'elettronica. Fondatore della September Press, disegnatore di caratteri tra i quali, celebri, il Gill Sans (1929), il Perpetua (1929) e il Joanna (1930), l'inglese Eric Gill (1882-1940) è tra i massimi artisti dell'arte tipografica.… (more)
perseveranza | Feb 24, 2021 |
A lovely little book about Gill's views on typography, written in the 1930's, so with asides regarding capitalism and handicrafts and also a strange final chapter about replacing letters with shorthand.
CarltonC | 3 other reviews | May 4, 2014 |
Last December I had the pleasure of hearing Michael Russem give a talk to the Ticknor Society on "Postage Stamps by Type Designers." Now Russem and Kat Ran Press have released Eric Gill's Notes on Postage Stamps, which includes Gill's short commentary on the subject (from the Eric Gill Archive, housed at UCLA's Clark Memorial Library), along with an essay by Russem on Gill's philatelic designs and fifty-six full-color illustrations of Gill's stamp designs and sketches (which are reproduced beautifully here).

Gill's no-holds-barred comments on stamp design and Russem's excellent synopsis of his work in the field are well worth a read; Gill felt that governments gave far too much weight to the "entirely sentimental views of philatelists and the general public," arguing that "Good lettering and figures and the simplest possible heraldic sign are sufficient for both beauty and nationality." As Russem notes, many of Gill's efforts at stamp design were not approved, and even those that were he often disliked in some way (of the George VI coronation stamp he wrote "Really the responsibility for the design is more the Post Office's than mine. I only drew the stuff as instructed").

A nicely-produced book on a fascinating aspect of typographical and philatelic history.

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JBD1 | Mar 16, 2011 |



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