Hand set and printed by Martyn Ould at The Old School Press.
This publication, illustrated by myself on the cover of ten copies with a close-up of some moss (printed blind from a zinc line block), features the single poem Moss.
Edition of 55 copies. Distributed from December 2012. Not for sale.
A. STANDARD COPIES
260 mm × 172 mm. 8 pages. 45 copies.
Printed in black in Octavian roman, Octavian italic and Open Kapitalen, on soft white Richard de Bas handmade paper, in a newsprint (pale beige-grey) Somerset Velvet mould-made paper cover printed in black in Open Kapitalen. Unsigned.
B. ILLUSTRATED COVER COPIES
260 mm × 172 mm. 8 pages. 10 copies.
Printed in black in Octavian roman, Octavian italic and Open Kapitalen, on soft white Richard de Bas handmade paper, in a newsprint (pale beige-grey) Somerset Velvet mould-made paper cover printed in black in Open Kapitalen with a close-up detail of some moss printed blind. Unsigned.
I had intended for all the covers to feature a close-up illustration of moss, printed blind, but later decided that it would be better to leave it off and keep the publication really simple and unfussy. However, as I’d already had a line block of the artwork made, I didn’t want it going to waste, so I asked Martyn Ould if he’d print just ten covers with it. I do like the subtle way the illustration shows on the cover, and feel it works, so I’m glad I had some done (if only to have a couple for myself!).
This was a revival of an abandoned project from a couple of year’s previous. Ould had set Moss in 2009, but due to his other commitments rather a long time elapsed without it getting to the print stage. I never saw this as a problem as all good things are worth waiting for. Besides, it was a privilege to have him print for me as, with the exception of the occasional job for Gruffyground (which he does because he views it a good challenge to reach the highest standards insisted on by the proprietor), he doesn’t print for anyone else. But before the opportunity arose to get it to press, I decided to call time on my publishing ventures, deeming them too expensive a hobby. However, since my slight return to publishing in early 2012, I’d been thinking of reviving Moss. On seeing an absolute gem of a booklet that Ould had printed for Gruffyground in June 2012, I was ﬁnally compelled to ask if he would revisit the project for me, particularly if it could be printed on the same beautiful handmade as used for the Gruffyground booklet. Ould still had the type standing, along with enough of the paper to print my edition, and very kindly agreed. I revised and simplified my original design, with Ould helping and making further necessary improvements and amendments. Finally, my edition of Moss deservedly got to see the light of day.
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