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A selection of intriguing, stunning, or otherwise remarkable books which might be difficult to find elsewhere. They include fine editions, publications from abroad exceptional for their interest or production, special editions and some first-rate books from very small publishers. We stock a far greater range of such books than is visible here – please contact us for more information or visit the shop to look at our stock.

REMARKABLES

  • The Italian Chapel

    Sinead Morrissey, illustrated by Maribel Mas

    Morrissey visited Orkney in 2018 as Poet in Residence at the St Magnus Music Festival, and visited the chapel built by Italian prisoners of war – all that remains of the internment camp there. The chapel is “an act of transubstantiation”,  a highly ornate creation made of two Nissan huts. This beautifully produced book contains Morrissey’s eponymous poem, accompanied by two abstract engravings by Maribel Mas. Quarter bound in canary leather with turquoise cloth boards, reflecting the lines:

    “…the shallows

    turqoise over yellow

    in the bay, the sky cerulean…”

    A limited edition of 75 copies, signed by both poet and artist.

         

    Hardback (quarter bound in leather) £65.00
  • Exit the Known World

    Simon Armitage, illustrated by Hilary Paynter

    Six poems rooted in the Northumbrian landscape, first conceived as Poems of the Air, not printed but instead just digital recordings by Armitage himself, audible within a five-yard radius of a specific map reference using a mobile phone or other listening device. Illustrated with lovely wood engravings commissioned for this edition from Hilary Paynter. This is the same format as Waymarkings, but quarter bound in grass-green leather with light green cloth boards. A limited edition of 125, signed by both poet and artist.

     

                   

    Hardback (quarter bound in leather) £95.00
  • Waymarkings

    Simon Armitage, illustrated by Hilary Paynter

    Eight poems that emerged from Armitage’s two long walks, first along the Pennine Way and then along the coast to Cornwall, presented as a sequence in geographical and chronological order.  This is a lovely edition designed by John Grice of the Evergreen Press, with eight specially commissioned wood engravings by Hilary Paynter. Quarter bound in green leather with dun cloth boards. A limited edition of 100 copies, signed by both poet and artist.

     

     

    Hardback (quarter bound in leather) £95.00
  • Jon Bannenberg: A Life in Design

    Dickie Bannenberg
    Hardback in a slipcase £100.00
  • Wonders and Absurdities 2020

    Philip Rhys Evans

    Another common place book from 2018’s Country Doctor, Philip Rhys Evans.

    Paperback £7.95
  • Ben Nicholson: Distant Planes 1955-1979

    Edited by Matthew Travers

    Lovely catalogue to the current exhibition at Piano Nobile in Portland Road, London. Sea-green cloth spine and sturdy boards; the cover cunningly reproduces one of Nicholson’s reliefs- in relief. Comprises a mix of his carved abstract reliefs and landscape drawings, 22 in total, beautifully photographed and presented, from the period 1958-onwards when the artist lived in the Ticino, Switzerland. Includes some previously unpublished material on the period.  Accompanied by essays by Lee Beard, Peter Kharoche and Chris Stephens.

    Hardback £45.00