Gill, Eric

Clothes. An essay upon the nature and significance of the natural and artificial integuments worn by men and women … with ten diagrams engraved by the author.

London, Jonathan Cape 1931.

Reference: 14678
Price: £65 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. (4) + 196 + (4)pp, woodcut text ills. Publisher’s cloth, a little worn and faded. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.

First edition, in the ordinary trade printing (there were also 160 numbered copies in a more expensive binding, signed by the author). Gill was a would-be clothes reformer, favouring the idea that men should wear robes, a kilt or a skirt rather than trousers, and also, more covertly, a supporter of naturism, at least in appropriate circumstances. The book is illustrated by woodcut frontispieces or headpieces to each chapter, all in Eric Gill’s characteristic sculpture-based style.