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Books Forthcoming

Wood engraving by Edwina Ellis
(from A Christmas Carol, 1984)

Wayzgoose Pamphlet Number Two
The Dingbat: a Picaresque Etymology, with Examples
Spring 2023

The Marriage
of True Minds

An Anthology for an Anniversary Chosen by Jan & Crispin Elsted, with various engravings
Spring 2023

Bordering on the Sublime
Ornamental Typography at the Curwen Press
Early to mid-2024

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The Marriage of True Minds

An Anthology for an Anniversary
Chosen by Jan & Crispin Elsted,
with various engravings

Estimated publication Spring 2023

We have conceived this book as a celebration of our 50 years of marriage and our 45 years as Barbarians. It comprises fifty of our favourite love poems, reaching back to classical Greece and the Old Testament, and forward through the late Middle Ages, the renaissance, and the 18th and 19th centuries to the present day, by twenty-eight poets ranging from the writer(s) of The Song of Songs which is Solomon’s to lyrics by Sappho to Chaucer, Spenser and Donne, Marvell, Clare, Christina Rossetti, Tennyson and Yeats, to contemporaries Jan Zwicky and Heather Simeney MacLeod, among many others – not forgetting the ubiquitous Anonymous, who contributes five. Eight of Shakespeare’s sonnets form a thematic spine throughout the book.

We invited seven engravers who have illustrated our books and have become part of our lives as friends and collaborators to contribute engravings to accompany poems of their choice: Richard Wagener has engraved a stunning frontispiece block, while Abigail Rorer, Andy English, Simon Brett, Peter Lazarov, Walter Bachinski, and Graham Williams have chosen to illustrate poems that range from the Middle English to the contemporary. The blocks are all in hand, and Jan is printing them before beginning the text, which she will print while Crispin and Apollonia continue to work on the Curwen book.

The type we have chosen for the book is Pastonchi, in its inaugural use here at the press – a graceful, elegant but little-known face issued by Monotype in 1929, designed by the Italian poet Francesco Pastonchi with the typographer Eduardo Cotti to be used to print an edition of the Italian classics. It is ideally suited to poetry, and we are delighted to add it to our range of typefaces.

So many subscribers prefer the deluxe state that there seemed little point for this particular book to appear in a regular state as well, so this title will be published in only one state which is essentially a deluxe edition. The book will be bound in half-leather with printed paper over boards and slipcased with a portfolio of the engravings.

SINGLE STATE: 125 copies, with 105 for sale & 20 copies hors commerce. Small Crown quarto: 10¼ by 7½ inches [260 by 190mm]. 96pp. Hand-set in Pastonchi in red and black on Zerkall ENE Extra Smooth mouldmade, with nine engravings printed from the wood. Bound in half crimson morocco with a skived leather spine label and patterned paper over boards, slipcased with a portfolio of proofs of the engravings. PRICE: C$1,200.00

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