Just the first two bound copies, not yet the full edition, but enough to show the beautiful printing and binding, the beautiful translation and the beautiful images. Congratulations to Nicolas and Frances McDowall (The Old Stile Press), to their binders in Northumberland, to Dick Jones and of course to yours truly, for all the hard work of completing this demanding, exciting and historic project. The final pages include afterwords by Dick Jones, Miriam Cendrars (Blaise Cendrars' daughter) and myself. Actual publication date, prices and the whereabouts of a launch are yet to be announced but watch this space and the OSP website.
As far as we know, this is the only illustrated version of Blaise Cendrars' famous poem to appear since the original edition of
1913, published and typeset by Cendrars himself with abstract images
by Sonia Delaunay. A very interesting article about Cendrars appeared
recently in the Times Literary Supplement which you can read here.
Technical details: the bound book in its slipcase measures
35.5 x 30.8 cms (14 x 13.5 inches). The slipcase is covered in
bronze-coloured metallic cloth with a blocked-on image of Cendrars which
I did for the half-title page. The binding is in red and blue Fabriano
paper on boards with cloth spine. The standard edition consists of 150
copies bound as above. There are also 10 Special copies in a solander
box containing the book plus a folder with 4 extra prints: two new
images and two from the edition, all printed by me on paper I
pre-coloured in acrylics (see photos below). I am informed by Frances
that all but one of the Special copies have already been ordered.
The shadow stripes in the above and some other photos are not on the paper but from blinds on my window.