Recent Acquisition: Eric Gill’s The Four Gospels

The University of Tulsa’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives is proud to announce a very unique acquisition, a copy of Eric Gill’s The Four Gospels. The Four Gospels, cited as “one of the most handsome illustrated books of the 20th century”, was published by Golden Cockerel Press in 1931. The book is a wonderful example of artistic concepts and craftsmanship in book design and production in England between the 1890s and 1930s. One of only 488 copies ever printed, this exquisite book is considered one of Gill’s greatest achievements as an illustrator and one of the finest works produced by Golden Cockerel Press. In this edition the Gospels are brought to life in stunning woodcut illustrations.

“It is important for research libraries to collect books such as this because they represent a very specific way in which older literature, including classics and religious tracts, were interpreted in modern times”, said Adrian Alexander, TU’s R.M. & Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library.

To view this beautiful work please visit the Department of Special Collections located on the 5th floor of McFarlin library. We are open 8-5 Monday through Friday.

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