Thomas Hardy

THE FALLOW DEER AT THE LONELY HOUSE

 

Computer-set by myself and printed from magnesium plates by James Freemantle and myself at St James Park Press.

This publication features the single poem The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House and is illustrated, by myself, with a digitally drawn Fallow Deer stag silhouette, also printed from a magnesium plate.

Edition of 30 copies, split equally between both presses. Distributed from October 2017. Not for sale, except for some of the St James Park Press copies.

 

A.  STANDARD COPIES

125 mm × 85 mm. 4 pages, French-folded. 24 copies.

Printed in black and grey-blue in Romanée MA italic and Romanée MA roman, with Romanée MA Open, on cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper, in a pale blue-grey Twelve by Eight Press handmade paper cover featuring a cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper label printed in black in Romanée MA roman. Unsigned.

 

B.  VARIANT COPIES

125 mm × 85 mm. 4 pages, French-folded. 6 copies.

Printed in black and silver in Romanée MA italic and Romanée MA roman, with Romanée MA Open, on cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper, in a pale blue-grey Twelve by Eight Press handmade paper cover featuring a cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper label printed in silver in Romanée MA roman. Unsigned.

 

NOTES:

This rather dinky publication – the first from Chestnut Press in five years – is the result of a discussion had between St James Park Press proprietor, James Freemantle, and myself on first meeting each other in October 2016, where Freemantle had quickly suggested that we work on something together. It was a great opportunity to work with an up-and-coming fine press printer and get to do some actual printing for the first time – a most enjoyable task which I shared with James using his beautiful iron Albion hand press. Regarding firsts, this edition is also the first letterpress use of Romanée MA, my digital rework of Jan van Krimpen’s Romanée type, printed with magnesium plates made from a digital setting.

While St James Park Press has only printed a small number of ephemera (broadsheets and such), this is the first book or booklet to be printed at the press. This is not to say that Freemantle is an amateur beginner for he is already highly skilled, having been taught by Ian Mortimer, one of the finest hand press printers in the country.

Although all of the copies feature the Chestnut Press imprint, the edition is a shared publication, with copies split equally between myself and Freemantle to distribute. The Chestnut Press copies – which are private distribution only – are denoted so by a pencilled number on the colophon page preceded by the letters CP. The standard copies are numbered CP1 to CP12 and the variant copies are numbered CP I to CP III.

 

 

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