Bookplate engraved and printed letterpress by Eric Gill for his daughter, Petra Helen Gill. The illustration depicts a haloed St. Helen, the patron saint of Constantinople and the mother of Constantine the Great. She is seated on a throne lettered "O.P.N.," or "Ora pro nobis"--Pray for us--and she bears a scepter topped with a cross, representing the True Cross of Jesus's crucifixion that she is said to have discovered on a pilgrimage. Below the engraving is printed "E Libris Petrae Helenae Gill," and the whole is enclosed with a single border. The block was later used in Engravings by Eric Gill, published by Douglas Cleverdon in 1929. Bookplate measures 4 5/16 by 2 3/8 inches (109x60mm). Ink of St. Helen's halo smudged, dampstain to lower left corner, and some spotting, otherwise very good. (Physick 204; Skelton P204). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Bookplate for Petra Gill
Publication Date: 1922
Illustrator: Gill, Eric
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