[Mission, B.C.]: Barbarian Press, 1980-1981. Folios, 51 x 33 cm. 12 broadsides, printed in a variety of types on handmade papers of various sizes and kinds. A fine set; lacking the cloth covered box offered as an option to subscribers. Each broadside is enclosed in a gatefold of Japanese paper, and mounted to a folder of coloured Strathmore or Tweedweave Cover paper, with printed paper label to the upper cover of each. A descriptive colophon slip accompanies each broadside, pasted to the inside of the upper cover. Limited to 75 copies, of which 50 were for sale. Poems by Helen Adam, Robert Bringhurst, Andrzej Busza, Crispin Elsted, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alexander Hutchison, Theresa Kishkan, August Kleinzahler, Dennis Lee, John Pass, Kenneth Rexroth, and Diane Wakoski. Bringhust’s poem, The Knife in the Measure: Variation on a Theme from Li Shang-yin, is accompanied by a brush rendering of Shang-yin’s original poem by master calligrapher Yim Tse; the Elsteds reproduced Tse's calligraphy by line block. Item #120
"This was the first major production of the press, & it took much longer than we had hoped. The presswork on all but the first three broadsheets was entirely JE’s, & it was with this publication that she established her domain as the pressroom; she also designed five of the sheets (nos. 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11). CE designed the overall format & the other seven sheets. Since he was in Europe for the final six months of production, several of the sheets were designed over transatlantic telephone, a process which taxed our powers of description to the uttermost. This also meant that nine of the twelve sheets were handset by JE as well, giving her by far the lion’s share of credit for the production."
- Crispin & Jan Elsted.