a cat-themed type specimen
Written in the margins of a 9th-century manuscript,
the poem Pangur Ban describes the relationship between
an Irish monk and his cat. Our version of the book features two
linocuts by the artist and muralist Philippa Threlfall whose
wonderful murals and terra cotta tiles have long delighted us.
The poem was hand-set in the unusual uncial typeface
Samson designed by Victor Hammer. The title page also displays
Rudolf Koch's Neuland Inline -- we like the fact that Koch's son
Paul cut the matrices for Samson in 1930. Both founts came from
Dale Guild Type Foundry in the USA.
Once again we have called upon our colleague Bill
Severson, whose annual trip to Oldham in 2010 included the making
of this custom-designed paste paper especially for the boards of
the book. All copies have been hand sewn and cased here at the
Press by Bill and Graham.
The book is a single section of eight leaves of
Velin Arches, cased in board covered with Bill Severson's paste
paper with a cloth spine (11 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). A title label is
pasted to the spine. The numbered edition is somewhat less than