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Book Description
Grey cloth binding in grey cloth slip case. 45.5cm x 31.5cm. Colour illustrations throughout. The text has been hand-set in Monotype Caslon, printed on Arches vélin at The Stonehouse Press, and bound at The Fine Bindery, who have also made the slipcases for the de luxe edition. There are some light foxing spots to the slipcase. The de luxe edition of 75 copies, signed by Paula Rego and Blake Morrison, contains Rego's signed original etching Bait, which is laid loose into a wallet in the slipcase; the etching has been printed on 300 gsm Somerset Velvet at the Culford Press, London. The regular edition of 100 copies is also signed by Rego and Morrison. Following her much admired collaboration with the poet Blake Morrison, Pendle Witches (Enitharmon, 1996), Rego turned more specifically to the tradition of the illustrated book as a way of constructing her own narrative in purely visual terms. She produced twelve hand-coloured etchings for Marlborough Graphics through which she tells the tale synthesise figure studies from life with startling transformations of traditional religious imagery and purely invented situations. In his introduction, Blake Morrison brilliantly illuminates the pictures and their relation to the crusade, and the scene is set by two passages from medieval chronicles. The book concludes with an extensive and revealing interview with Paula Rego, in which she explains her fascination with the subject and its relationship to her work as a whole. This is the numbered De Luxe edition with the etching Bait.. As New.
Author Blake Morrison & Paula Rego
Date 1999
Binding Cloth
Publisher Enitharmon Press
Illustrator Paula Rego
Condition As New

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