[Mission, B.C.]: Barbarian Press, 2015. Octavo, 18.3 x 14.5 cm. Cased in quarter green silk, with cream paper covered boards, patterned with alternating columns of printers’ rules and fleurons in red and green, printed green paper title label to the spine, and matching green endpapers; top-edges cut, others uncut. Unpaginated [88 pp.]. A fine copy. Designed and set by Crispin Elsted, and printed by Jan Elsted, in Poliphilus and Blado type, with Poliphilus Titling for display, on Zerkall Book White mouldmade paper. Illustrated with sixteen wood engravings by Andy English, printed from the blocks. Each of the eight poems occupies its own section, and is preceded by a wood engraved head-piece by English; each head-piece helps to prefigure, rather than simply illustrate the verse. The opening stanzas appear in display, and are printed in various colours, with each colour evoking the particular emotional timbre of the verses to follow. One of 140 copies, of which this is number 59 of 90 copies belonging to the Regular state. Item #123
“We are grateful beyond all measure to Andy English, who, without seeming to draw breath, agreed to produce sixteen engravings at very short notice, serving fine suggestions, and volleying our returns with insouciance. This is the third book we have published with him, and he moves from strength to strength.”
From the colophon.
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