Robert Bridges

THE CLOUDS HAVE LEFT THE SKY

 

Hand set and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press.

This unillustrated publication features the originally untitled single poem The Clouds Have Left The Sky. It here takes its title from the first line.

Edition of 25 copies. Distributed from February 2012. Not for sale.

 

A.  BUNKOSHI COPIES

164 mm × 106 mm. 4 pages, French-folded. 15 copies.

Printed in black in Romanée italic and Romaneé roman, on cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper, in a black Somerset Velvet mould-made paper cover featuring a label of cream Bunkoshi Japanese handmade paper printed in black in Romanée roman. The rear of the cover features the Chestnut Press pressmark printed blind from a zinc line block.

 

B.  VELLUM COPIES

164 mm × 106 mm. 4 pages, French-folded. 10 copies.

Printed in black in Romanée italic and Romaneé roman, on pale sheepskin parchment, with a black Somerset Velvet mould-made paper cover featuring a label of pale cream sheepskin parchment printed in black in Romanée roman. The rear of the cover features the Chestnut Press pressmark printed blind from a zinc line block.

 

NOTES:

I had fully intended Two Sea Poems to be my last proper Chestnut Press publication, but after a couple of years I couldn’t help wanting to do a little something more. For a change, I decided to publish something other than previously unpublished modern poetry. Being rather fond of the work of Robert Bridges, I settled on this untitled poem from his 1890 collection of shorter poems.

This publication was a shameless exercise in getting something new printed on vellum in my favourite Romanée italic to add to my shelves. I had intended the entire run to be on vellum but the cost was too prohibitive, so in the end I chose to go for a split between vellum and Japanese handmade paper. I’m glad I did, as I think the copies on Bunkoshi look beautiful. In response to receiving a vellum copy, one printer wrote “I can’t remember ever seeing better presswork: he (John Grice) puts most other practitioners to shame.”

 

 

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