Vivienne Dyer, 2010
Designed and printed by John Grice at Evergreen Press, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, for Vivienne Dyer, Gloucestershire, UK.
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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