Vivienne Dyer, 2010
Designed and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press for Vivienne Dyer.
Published in an edition of 140 standard copies and 10 specials.
I’ve had a copy of Woodfield since its publication in 2010, and it is a firm favourite on my shelves. Clearly, this is rather a long time ago to be listing that copy here among my recent favourites. However, a rather special second copy has just come my way, so I’m now adding it to this section.
I recently went down to Evergreen Press to take some photographs for John Grice, and among the items he’d laid out for my attention was a copy of Woodfield, but in a completely different binding to mine. It was quarter-bound in dark brown leather with oatmeal cloth that featured a printed paper label to the front, the spine was lettered in gold, and it was housed in a matching oatmeal cloth slipcase. I thought it looked superb and was most taken by it. After a couple of days I couldn’t help but contact the author, Chris Woolf, to ask if a copy in that particular binding might be available. Woolf responded with the extremely kind and generous gesture of sending me a copy as a gift! What made the kindness even more special was that it turned out there were only ten copies bound as such.
Woodfield is a beautifully written collection of poems from an almost unknown author. Woolf has a serious talent, but no wish to push it. He writes for no other reason than the enjoyment of doing so. It is only because I know the printer of Woodfield and Not Really a Poet (Woolf’s previous collection) that I’ve been fortunate enough to discover his writing. I have to say that I’m most glad that I did.
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