[Newtown, Powys]: Gwasg Gregynog, 2008. Limited Edition. Leather. No. V of XV of the Special Edition, folio size, 171 pp., signed by Colin See-Paynton. Fine. Item #CNJL1150
No. V of XV of the Special Edition, in a special binding designed and executed by Julian Thomas, who was taught bookbinding by the late John Ewart Bowen, who himself was apprenticed to George Fisher in the bindery of the original Gregynog Press. A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and its President the year this book was published, Julian Thomas' bindings are found in many of the world's major public and private collections. Also accompanying the Special Edition is a signed and numbered print, "A Twitter of Linnets", specially engraved by Colin See-Paynton for this edition, and printed by him on Japanese Gampi Vellum hand-made paper in an edition of 25, this no. V.
Colin See-Paynton spent more than four years extensively researching and writing the text, and creating the sixty-one new wood engravings for this illustrated lexicon of avian collective nouns: an unprecedented achievement. In a critical essay David Alston, Arts Director of the Arts Council Wales, wrote: 'not since Thomas Bewick, who both wrote and engraved in the late eighteenth century, have both literary and pictorial aspects been found conjoined in the one talent as here in this work'. That the observation and study of the natural world has been a lifelong interest is evident both from the engravings and the enthusiasm revealed in the text. From 'Abandonment of Cuckoos' to 'Zephyr of Long-Tailed Titmice' it enriches our knowledge of avian nomenclature far beyond the well-known 'Gaggle of Geese' - though that, too, is included. Colin See-Paynton has researched the origin of the nouns drawing from sources as far back as the fifteenth-century, and gives some detailed insight into the species under discussion (N.B., from web site of the Press).
___DESCRIPTION: Fully bound in leather, with black goatskin cut away to reveal (at a lower level) calfskin dyed in light peacock blue and light turquoise, with gold onlaid shapes of black calfskin gilded and textured, with edges cut at 45 degrees to reveal thin edges of the black calfskin. Its surface lies flush with the black goatskin covering, whose edges are also cut at a bevel. Top edge only cut, coloured turquoise. Title page of black and green inks, with a flourishing feather blocked in gold; each of the illustrations are printed from the artist's blocks. Written, compiled, designed and illustrated with 61 wood engravings (31 full page) by Colin See-Paynton. The accompanying print as described above in a wallet, the entirety encased in a black quarter leather drop-back box, felt-lined and lettered in gold.
___CONDITION: Fine; the book, print and box are all clean, as new; the pages of the book are crisp, entirely free of prior owner markings.
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