Richard Jefferies

A ROOK BOOK

STANDARD EDITION

Tern Press, 1988

 

Designed and printed by Nicholas and Mary Parry at the Tern Press.

Published in an edition of 110 standard copies and 15 specials.

 

I have to admit that I’d never been much of a fan of Tern Press books as I had not found the standard of the editions I’d seen quite as ‘fine’ as I tend to go for. This is not to say that they are badly produced at all, but more, I’d found, akin to work of decent hobby printers rather than a fine press. It is, I guess, curious that, now I own some of Nicholas and Mary Parry’s endeavours, I find this to be a large part of their charm. They are clearly labours of love from a couple who were most enthusiastic about the various book crafts they pursued.

But, to the edition in hand. I initially obtained one of the standard copies out of sheer interest in the content. With a love of the writing of Richard Jefferies, and a particular fascination with rooks, I felt I couldn’t go wrong. When it turned up I was most pleased with it. It may not have been the finest of fine press items, but it was most handsome nonetheless. In fact I quickly found myself deeply charmed by it. Set in Poliphilus and printed on a nicely textured Hardy Ends paper, it has a strong rustic feel that I can’t help but love. And the illustrations – two-colour relief prints taken from original etchings by Nicholas Parry – are most captivating.

 

 

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