The Whittington Press, Gloucestershire, UK
A collaboration between John Craig and John Randle.
Another masterpiece from the Whittington Press. In the sumptuous 'Venice', a collaboration between John Craig and John Randle, Craig's use of white space has been critical, and the asymmetric imposition of type and images is based upon his precise layouts. The pages are left folded at the top edge, enabling the use of a lightweight Zerkall mould-made paper, specially hot-pressed to give an extra sheen for the engravings, and printed throughout on the smooth side of the paper only. The resulting double-page spreads can be seen almost as a series of stage sets, introducing us to the often, undiscovered delights of a city which he has visited regularly for the past twenty years.
A collection of stunning illustrations: 70 wood engravings (four of which are printed in colour on lightweight Korean and Japanese hand-made papers, and tipped in), 10 linocuts, including some colour and fold-out prints of Venice by John Craig. This edition of the book is limited to 175 only (from a total of 285). Hardback, quarter bound in Pirate leather with paper cover sides in a slipcase. Printed in Centaur and Arrighi types on double leaves of a special making of Zerkall mould-made paper with a French fold binding. Signed by John Craig on the colophon page.
This copy is number 158 in an edition of 285.
Wood engravings with an introduction and commentary by Miriam Macgregor.
Miriam Macgregor is one of the finest wood-engravers in the country. In ‘Midwinter’ she uses her skill to depict and describe the countryside she loves within walking distance of her Gloucestershire cottage. Her delight in the snow covered landscape is a reminder of the joys of winter, and the particular joys it offers an artist working in black and white. This is winter through Miriam’s eyes. She writes: "Maybe the glory of snow and ice belong to childhood, sledging and skating on frozen ponds, with the exciting whoo-ooping sound of cracking ice and skating full tilt for the bank. However, snow has its dark side too as we all should know, especially John Clare’s Shepherd."
268 x 190cms, 32 pages, edition of 265.
Handset in 14pt Bell and printed on Zerkall mould-made paper with 24 wood engravings (two in colour). Half bound in Oasis goatskin and decorated papers by The Fine Book Bindery. With a portfolio of a selection of proofs of the engravings in a slipcase. Signed by Miriam Macgregor.
One of 185 copies of the total edition of 265, full-bound in patterned papers and in a slipcase. August 2012. Signed by Miriam Macgregor.