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Garden Relicts by Bert & Molly Eastman

Garden relicts book

garden, n.;
1 a place of public resort;
2 a plot of land used for the cultivation of flowers; vegetables, &c.
adj; of, suitable to, or used in a garden

relict, n.;
1 a thing that has survived from an earlier time;
2 a surviving trace, remains, remnants, residue;
3 the widow of a man


Bert & Molly Eastman have been gardening the heavy clay earth of their East Anglian home for nearly fifty years, and in that time the goodness of the earth has repaid their toil many times over. As a cottage garden it has been a source of food and flowers. Much pleasure, and a different sort of sustenance has come from the objects, both pre-historical and more recent, that have been turned up incidentally. These form the basis of the family house museum and are the subject of this book.

Pot shard

As with their gardening, creating this book was a joint effort. While Molly may hold the pen and Bert the knife, each looks over the shoulder of the other as the work progresses, making this a thoroughly integrated collaboration. There are twenty-one pages, printed recto only, hand set in 24 point Bembo italic and illustrated with fifteen one, two and three colour linocuts and copper relief etchings. The stab-sewn binding has been done by hand in the workshop of Chris Hicks. It features cloth hinges and an original Curwen Press patterned paper designed by Elizabeth Friedlander and is housed in a bright red slipcase. Printed on Magnani paper in an edition of 140 copies, all numbered and signed.

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Last updated 13 May 2016 by Kathy Whalen.