November 18, 2015 Comments Off on Envelopes…
In the introduction to Faber’s 2014 republication of T. S. Eliot’s Ariel Poems, it quotes the announcemet of The Ariel Poems from “The Autumn Catalogue 1927 of a firm then known as Faber & Gwyer”:
This series of little booklets consists of single previously unpublished poems each suitably decorated in colours and dressed in the gayest wrappers. It has been designed to take the place of Christmas cards and other similar tokens that one sends for remembrance sake at certain seasons of the year.
So, in echo of the original Ariel Poems, this year each of THE PAMPHLETS comes with its own envelope that it might likewise be sent, as a Christmas card or similar token…
To order copies of the 2015 PAMPHLETS, with this year’s addition of envelopes, please follow the link to the SHOP.
November 11, 2015 Comments Off on Tally of Salt
We are delighted to be publishing, for the second year running, the work of renowned oral storyteller Hugh Lupton. Pamphlet No. 5 gathers four songs, which are echoed in illustration by the artwork of Josephine Marston.
The songs include the lullaby ‘Cradle-Song’: “We bless the lamb, / who gave his little woollen skin / to make the fleece we wrap you in / – while through the fold an east wind blows / the little snow over deep snow, / over deep snow, little snow.” Thus making Pamphlet No. 5 the apt complement to Pamphlet No. 4, Bairnsang by Kathleen Jamie.
A preview here of the frontispiece, illustrating ‘Cradle-Song’.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Bairnsang, Childsong
I am delighted to announce that we have been granted permission to republish a series of poems by the brilliant Scottish poet, Kathleen Jamie. Originally published in Jizzen, the poems explore pregnancy and motherhood with an apt combination of inwardness and wordly sensibility. As Jizzen is quite my favourite collection of poems on the subject, I am over the moon to be able to publish them from this our domestic press.
The poems, now entitled Bairnsang, have been illustrated by the wonderful Jennifer Pitchers, who has responded with an acuteness and a deep sensuality. I think you will agree that her work conjures the poet’s words exquisitely.
Here, a sneak preview of the frontispiece, etching by Jennifer Pitchers:
December 10, 2014 Comments Off on Wall
Early and later illustrations by Tommy Butt for No. 1 DERWEN; Lino prints and Linos themselves also by Tommy Butt; Illustrations by Josephine Marston for No. 2 Ithaca; Dow House Illustration by Hugh Brady; The Ariel Poems by T. S. Eliot, republ. Faber; Beetroot panel by Henrietta Labouchere; Binding materials.
December 9, 2014 Comments Off on Here amidst the linen
December 9, 2014 Comments Off on The Ariel Poems, and other seasonal pamphlets – Review by Jonathan Gibbs
A piece by Jonathan Gibbs on his “Friday Book Design Blog” for The Independent reviews THE PAMPHLETS alongside Faber’s republication of T.S.Eliot’s The Ariel Poems and Candlestick Press’ Poems for Christmas. You can read the whole article here: The Ariel Poems, and other seasonal pamphlets. His is an insightful response to three separate pamphlet presses, it is also full of charm – I can’t resist citing his thoughts on Dow House Press and THE PAMPHLETS:
“They are certainly homespun – and none of those are names I know – but then this is how the very best presses started out, over a kitchen table – “the prints lain to dry across the beds, while the child played in the offcuts and the pies baked in the woodstove,” to quote Heal again. Heal specifically refers to Meike Ziervogel’s Peirene Press for the ‘domestic press’ description, but you might also think of Mr and Mrs Blake, or the Woolfs.
And that echo of the Ariel originals is most definitely there, in Marston’s cover for Ithaca, in Lupton’s poetry, which has something of the Eliot about it:
It was when we moved away […]
that we understood
– the dark pool
was the pupil
of the eye
in the face
of the land we trod.
They’re lovely in their conception, and lovelier under the hand, but they’ll be at their best in an envelope, and slid into the post box at the end of the road, heading towards another household, with seasonal greetings.” (Jonathan Gibbs)