The Whittington Press, Gloucestershire, UK
Venice by John Craig
Printed by John Randle at The Whittington Press, with a sumptuous binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.
This volume is absolutely stunning: bound in teal and orange goatskin with onlays in pepper red and navy blue. All edges are gilt with gouge work in gold leaf to gondolas and hand lettered to spine in gold leaf with soft terracotta handmade endpapers enclosed in a cloth slipcase.
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.