Owen Jones’ Illuminated Gray’s Elegy

homas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard is probably one of the greatest poems in the English language and certainly of the 18th century.

On the hundredth anniversary of the release of Gray’s classic, legendary book designer and illustrator Owen Jones produced a special illuminated edition of the epic poem with detailed page borders, decorative initials and original lettering of the verses, which stands as one of the finest examples of his book design work.

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
Now fades the glimm’ring landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds;
Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow’r
The moping owl does to the moon complain
Of such, as wand’ring near her secret bow’r,
Molest her ancient solitary reign.

ur Gray’s Elegy design package preserves Jones’ book with all of the pages of text and decorations in digital form (as a PDF), as well as extracting all of the decorations, frames and initials so that they are ready to use for your design projects in high-resolution, full-color format.

This has all been collected in a package which is now available for purchase and download. It can be ordered for just $49 from our ONLINE STORE and downloaded right away, or you can download and examine some of the contents in the free PDF PREVIEW featuring selected pages from the book.

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