TWO SEA POEMS
Hand set and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press.
This unillustrated publication contains the following two poems:
Edition of 85 copies. Distributed from October 2009. Not for sale.
221 mm × 126 mm. 8 pages.
Printed in black and either pale blue or mid blue in Lutetia italic, Lutetia roman and Spectrum roman, with a calligraphic title, on white Magnani handmade paper, in a pale blue Saint-Armand handmade paper cover featuring a calligraphic title printed in either semi-opaque white or mid blue.
A. STANDARD COPIES
81 copies printed in black and pale blue, in a cover printed in semi-opaque white. 25 of these copies are signed by the author.
B. ANTHONY BAKER AD PERSONAM COPIES
Two copies printed in black and mid blue, in a cover printed in semi-opaque white. Signed by the author.
C. MARK ASKAM AD PERSONAM COPIES
Two copies printed in black and mid blue, in a cover printed in mid blue. Signed by the author.
The printer decided to make the ad personam copies a little different to the general ones. He printed the title page using a much darker mid blue rather than the pale blue. In addition, the covers of my ad personam copies were also printed in the same mid blue instead of white. I was most pleased when I saw them – they looked very fine indeed.
SPECIAL ‘OUT OF SERIES’ COPIES:
There are four special ‘out of series’ copies printed on vellum not mentioned in the colophon. They are as follows:
One copy on manuscript calf vellum, printed in black only, in a cover printed in mid blue. Signed by the author.
Two copies on sheepskin parchment, printed in black only, in a cover printed in mid blue. Signed by the author.
One copy on sheepskin parchment, printed in black and pale blue in a cover printed in semi-opaque white. Signed by the author.
Although very pleased with the publication, there are two minor things that, in hindsight, I would have done differently. Firstly, I asked for the author’s name on the title page to be printed in Spectrum as Lutetia was not available in a large enough size to suit the title-case setting. Looking back, I should have had it set in upper-case Lutetia at the largest size the printer had, as I now feel that Spectrum and Lutetia do not sit particularly well together. Secondly, I should have had the cover printed in a stronger blue, just as the printer had done for the ad personams and his personal copies. Although the covers printed with the semi-opaque white look good in a ‘that’s nice and subtle’ way, the reality is that the title doesn’t stand out strongly enough.
The cover and title page feature a calligraphic title by myself, reproduced by zinc line block.
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