Gerald Manley Hopkins

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Pied Beauty
Gerald Manley Hopkins

2021 / Poetry / $600.00
Fine / 48 pp

This book sets the text of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s sonnet “Pied Beauty” in three-inch tall gothic wood type and presents it phrase by phrase over 48 pages. The design aims to echo the exuberance, the muscle and momentum, of the poem’s language and prosody, capturing the tension between Hopkins’s delight with the temporal world’s myriad “dappled things” and his more orthodox belief in the singular steadfastness of The Divine.

Production details: Typeset in 18-line plain gothic wood type and Linotype Sabon. Printed in black on Zerkall mouldmade paper. Twelve sheets printed ‘two-up’, folded, gathered into 16 page signatures and trimmed to 22.5 × 30 cms making 48 pages. Common made endpapers are added to the front and back of the book block using marbled paper by Jemma Lewis. Handsewn. Quarterbound in brown cloth with tan-coloured Zerkall Ingres mouldmade paper over boards; the paper is printed with wood type using transparent white ink. Printed paper label on the spine. Issued in a brown cloth-covered wrapper and slipcase. Edition of 27 numbered copies.

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