Reed Contemporary Books | artists' and fine press limited edition books and bindings
Peter Grimes, 1982
Seven loose folded pages and 22 etchings in two paper folders, 400 x 370mm, edition of 50 plus 10 proof copies, signed by the artist. The narrative poem by George Crabbe, the etchings by Anthony Davies with a preface by Edward Lucie-Smith. Designed and printed by Ronald King in 10pt Baskerville on Saunders 285gsm rag paper, all contained in a blue cloth covered slip case and folder with gold lettering on the spine.
£1,500 (plus P&P and insurance)
Alphabeta Concertina Minuscule, 2007
‘Alphabeta Concertina Minuscule’ with its gently unfolding letters is in a sense a ‘reply’ in lower case form to the third, the original ‘cap’ version published in 1983.
170 × 110 x 30mm, stretching to 3 metres, printed, cut and creased onto Heritage paper and glued to Heritage Museum board inserted into a pvc tray and sleeve.
A new double-sided concertina alphabet book by Ron King at Circle Press. It is artwork, typographical experiment and feat of paper engineering.
£36 (plus P&P and insurance)
Alphabeta Concertina, 2007
A double-sided concertina alphabet book made up of 26 pop-up capital letters.
56 pages, 165 × 110mm, cut and creased onto Heritage Book paper and glued to silk screened Heritage Museum end-boards, packed into a clear PVC tray and sleeve.
A new version of ‘Alphabeta Concertina’, King’s classic capital letter 1983 version, reprised here to correct its long ‘out of print’ status and updated with newly modified designs for some of the letters.
£36 (plus P&P and insurance)
Little But Often, 2007
A double-sided concertina alphabet book made up of 26 pop-up lower case letters in collaboration with poet Richard Price.
Limited signed copies. 56 pages, 165 × 110mm, cut and creased onto Heritage Book paper and glued to silk screened Heritage Museum end-boards, packed into a clear PVC tray and sleeve.
It pairs King at his most elegantly minimalist and sculptural with a new suite of love poems by Price at his most witty and tender. As Price says of letter m ‘may I suggest we both invest / in a high frisk mutual trust?’
£45 (plus P&P and insurance)
The Song of Solomon, 1990
76 pages, 230 × 175mm, bound into red cloth-covered boards, gold blocked as on the original and presented in a richly coloured box.
A half-size reproduction version of Ron King’s 1968 book, with a commentary by George Szirtes and an 8-page leaflet by art historian Pat Gilmour, ‘Artist’s books in the 20th Century’.
£16 (plus P&P and insurance)
Turn Over Darling, 1990
Six 4-page sections, 200 × 150mm, on Khadi Indian hand-made paper, bound into a tan hand-made paper cover and inserted into a grey card slip-case.
A series of six double-sided blind embossed images printed in wire, which, when folded and juxtaposed in sequence, make eleven reclining nudes which change position from front to back view.
£60 (plus P&P and insurance)
Red Bird, 1979
300 copies, 45 proofs, eleven unbound 4-page sections, 400 × 320mm, on Somerset Book mould-made paper, laid into canvas folder and brown cloth slip-case.
Ten initialled screen prints for love poems by Logue, based on verse of Pablo Neruda with text printed letter-press in 18pt Baskerville.
£450 (plus P&P and insurance)
Circle Press, Chichester, West Sussex, England