The book will be available from the OSP website from next week, but you can click HERE to get see more pictures of it on their blog, together with information about prices and special editions. Above, as I promised some time ago, is a full image of the original artwork for the cover. (My apologies for having teased Artlog readers for so long.) Nicolas decided to reverse it for the book, so that Catchmays Court is on the front cover rather than the back. In this way the new volume better references the layout of the cover for the first volume of the bibliography that I did ten years ago. From the photographs Nicolas has posted I can see that the printers have done a beautiful job of reproducing the strength of colour and detail of the original painting, to the point that the sgraffito in the hedge almost looks as though it’s been scratched into the cover. I’m enormously pleased with the result.
In the top of the house you can see the glow of a light from a circular attic window. This is my homage to Frances, up there burning the midnight oil as she busily packs copies of the bibliography to dispatch to libraries and book collectors around the world. The trees lining the river are balsamic poplars. So much have Peter and I enjoyed the fantastic perfume they give up when the Spring sap rises in them, that the first sapling planted at Ty Isaf when we moved here was a balsamic poplar, to remind us of Catchmays Court.
The first copy to be delivered to Catchmays Court. The rest follow on Monday.
(Photograph of bibliography by Nicolas McDowall)