The Four Gospels of the Lord Jesus Christ According to the authorized version of King James I, Illustrated by Eric Gill. One of 12 rare copies on Roman Vellum. Inscribed by Gill to Leonard Woolf, 1931.
The 1931 Golden Cockerel Press edition of the Four Gospels set the text of the King James Gospels into a masterly example of book design. This copy, one of only 12 printed on Roman Vellum, which was the only known inscribed copy to appear at auction, set a record price today when it became the top lot in the Fine Books & Manuscripts auction. It sold for $132,000. Watch video footage of the auctioning of the lot, which also shows what happens when a bidder raises his paddle at the wrong moment.
The first book on America printed in the Muslim world, shown here, was the day's second highest selling lot, bringing $52,800.