The Mountains. Illustrated with ten drawings by John Piper, engraved on the wood by Reynolds Stone, with a descriptive note by John Piper.
New York: Chilmark Press 1968. 4to, (ii), 42, (6) pages. Original quarter cloth, morocco backstrip with title in gilt, paper-covered boards illustrated with a wood engraving, top edge gilt, slipcase. As new. Limited to 110 special copies in a total edition of 350, signed by the author, artist and engraver, with an extra set of the 10 engravings tipped in and bound thus. (Carter, The Rampant Lions Press: 34). Handset in 18pt Zapf Palatino on mould made paper from Wookey Hole Mill. The third Clover Hill Edition. Just after the second world war, John Piper and Reynolds Stone, both enthusiasts of nineteenth-century topographical guide-books, decided to produce a modern equivalent, to illustrate the mountains of Snowdonia. They used wood-engraving both as a reproductive process, so that the pictures could be printed together with the text, and as creative interpretations of the drawings, which in several cases Piper did directly on the blocks. We were eager to print these magnificent engravings, and as the Carters and the Stones are close cousins, negotiations were simplified. Douglas Cleverdon persuaded the Welsh poet R.S. Thomas to write some rich poetic prose to accompany them. (Rampant Lions Press). The collaboration of three remarkably talented artists, Thomas (poet), Piper (artist) and Stone (engraver and calligrapher), designed and printed by two of Englands finest printers, Will and Sebastian Carter.
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