Peter Scupham

INDIAN SUMMER

 

Hand set and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press.

This unillustrated publication features the single poem Indian Summer.

Edition of 78 copies. Distributed from October 2008. Not for sale.

 

A.  BARCHAM GREEN COPIES

217 mm × 129 mm. 8 pages. 45 copies.

Printed in black and brown in Romanée italic, Romanée roman and Romulus Open, on pale cream Barcham Green Windhover handmade paper, in a beige Saint-Armand handmade paper cover printed in black in Romulus Open. Unsigned.

 

B. MAGNANI COPIES

217 mm × 129 mm. 8 pages. 30 copies.

Printed in black and brown in Romanée italic, Romanée roman and Romulus Open, on thick (270gsm) white Magnani handmade paper, in a beige Saint-Armand handmade paper cover printed in black in Romulus Open. Unsigned.

 

C. VELLUM COPIES

217 mm × 129 mm. 8 pages. 3 copies.

One copy, printed in black and brown, on pale cream sheepskin parchment, and two copies, printed in black only, on pale cream manuscript calf vellum, in Romanée italic, with Romanée roman and Romulus Open, in a beige Saint-Armand handmade paper cover printed in black in Romulus Open. Signed by the author.

Like many other fine press enthusiasts I have a love of items printed on proper vellum. I’d really wanted a couple of vellum copies of ‘Out of Season’ but the printer had not been keen, so I went without. For this publication I was determined to have some. Thankfully, John Grice was willing to have a go at printing on this notoriously difficult material, despite never having done so before. With the likelihood of high spoilage, I purchased twice the amount needed. I also asked for it to be printed in single colour only so as to further lessen the possibility of spoilage by reducing the number of times each sheet would need to go through the press. I needn’t have been so cautious as John did a superb job, managing to print every sheet without mishap. He even printed one copy in both colours regardless.

 

SPECIAL OUT OF SERIES COPIES:

COPY ON KELMSCOTT PAPER

I’d managed to obtain a single, mint sheet of original Kelmscott Primrose handmade paper for the purpose of rebinding a disbound copy of the Kelmscott Press Gothic Architecture. As I didn’t need the whole sheet I sent half to John so that I might have a copy of one of my publications printed on this most wonderful antique rarity.

 

EXTRA VELLUM COPIES

As John managed to print all the vellum sheets without mishap, I ended up with three extra out of series vellum copies; one on manuscript calf vellum and two on sheepskin parchment. These are signed by the author, except for the copy I gave the printer, which was long before the signing of the others took place.

 

NOTES:

I designed this publication in homage to the first fine press item I owned: the 1978 Gruffyground Press edition of Peter Scuphams Natura. Like Natura, I used Romanée italic for the poem. I even managed to get hold of a small batch of the original text paper used for Natura from Gruffygrounds proprietor, Anthony Baker, who’d hoarded it thirty years previous.

In addition to the copies on Barcham Green, I wanted some of the run of Indian Summer to be printed on a really thick Magnani paper so that my love of deep bite printing could be catered for. I think that John Grice’s presswork on the Magnani copies is particularly stunning.

Finally, the colophon incorrectly states that this publication was printed at the previous home of the press in Charingworth, Gloucestershire. Although set there, Indian Summer was in fact the first booklet to be printed at the new home of the press when it moved to nearby Stonehouse.

 

 

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