It’s always a nerve-wracking moment when a book makes its first trip back to the press from the binders (how’s the inking/are the pages in the correct order) but it has been a joy to revisit the pages of Glory, Azure & Gold a book we printed for Reed Contemporary Books at the back end of 2015.
The book contains a selection of 12 stained-glass windows by Thomas Denny, each accompanied by an essay or poem, with photographs of the windows by James O. Davies and Rebecca Lane. It was a pleasure working with our pal Nick Hand on the design, where we used two of Eric Gill’s typefaces, Perpetua (for the body text) and Gill sans (titles), both set in Monotype at The Whittington Press.
The edition was bound by the Fine Book Bindery and printed in an edition of 125 copies, further details of which can be found here.
A highpoint of 2014 came back in the spring when we worked with the talented Mary Dalton on Ebb and Flow, a book which accompanied an exhibition of the same name to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings from Gosport. Mary’s prints, an evocative collection of stone lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and collographs, sit alongside reminiscences of Gosport residents who were alive during the war, and provide a reminder of the impact of war on local residents.
For text we used 18-point Caslon and on the title page, in a dark turquoise, 72-point Cochin bold with the prominent fl ligature. For paper we went for a favourite, Bugra Butten, in a purple shade which provides contrast to the smooth white Zerkall used for the illustrations. Mary’s prints were editioned at Artichoke Printmaking and Washroom Press and the book was bound by The Fine Book Bindery, Wellingborough.
A small edition size means this book is now out of print, though there are copies in the British Library and the Imperial War Museum.