The True History of Lucian the Samosatenian



Waltham St. Lawrence: Golden Cockerel Press, 1927.

Translated from the Greek into English by Francis Hicks and presented in parallel Greek and English texts with wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. Introduction by J.S. Phillimore. Number 244 of 275 copies set in Caslon Old Face type and printed on Batchelor hand-made paper. Folio. 12.75 X 9 ins. 48 pp. Quarter reddish-brown morocco with gilt title on spine between five raised bands. Grey linen covered boards. Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. T.E.G., others uncut. 55 wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. “Even though collectors will argue the merits of their own particular (Golden Cockerel) favourites, the outstanding quality of “The Four Gospels”, “Troilus and Criseyde” and the “Canterbury Tales” is generally recognised. Gibbings’ “True History of Lucian the Samosatenian” and “Salambo” are as fine. These five are among the foremost English illustrated books of the twentieth century.” (“A History of the Golden Cockerel Press 1920-1960” by Roderick Cave & Sarah Manson, page 229) A fine copy of a book with near-perfect integration of text and decoration.

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