MACNEILL, Alyson (Artist). The Song of the Forest. Llandogo, Gwent: The Old Stile Press 1987. One of a limited edition of 186 copies: 160 being numbered and designated ‘main Edition’ and 26 being lettered and designated ‘Special Edition’; the latter come with a folio containing three impressions (on different paper) of an additional engraving; all copies signed in pencil by Alyson MacNeill. This copy is letter ‘W’ of the ‘Special Edition. The type was hand set in Centaur and Arrighi and the engravings printed from the wood by Nicholas MaDowall on Zerkall Halbmatt mould-made paper on a Victoria platen press. Book and folio bound in quarter grey cloth and grey marbled paper covered boards [the paper covering the boards handmade by Frances McDowall and marbled by Nicolas McDowall] by Woolnough Fine Bindings. Artist and title blocked in black on spine of book. Fore and bottom edges uncut.
A beautiful edition of the twenty-three wood-engravings commissioned by Canongate to illustrate Colin MacKay’s novel The Song of the Forest, with a paragraph from MacKay’s text for each engraving to put it in context.
Author MACNEILL, Alyson/ Colin MACKAY.
Condition Fine in green cloth-covered slipcase, with engraving pasted on one side, as issued.
Offered by William Cowan