After the publication of the final book in our "sensuous Johny" series:
- The Lovers Meeting
- The Poet in Love
- In the Shadows
we decided to start what we hope to be a long series of Clare Chapbooks. Smaller (octavo / A5) in size these books will still be handmade, limited editions but will retail at a lower price. The first book which we hope to have ready towards Christmas 2105, is 'Wood Pictures' an exploration of Clare's writings - ordered by Season - of his love of the woodland surrounding his home.
The Chapbook, after which the series is named were commonly small, paper-covered booklets, usually printed on a single sheet folded into books of 8, 12, 16 and 24 pages. They were often illustrated with woodcuts. The tradition of chapbooks arose in the 16th century, as soon as printed books became affordable, and rose to its height during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many different kinds of ephemera and popular or folk literature were published as chapbooks, such as almanacs, children's literature, folk tales, nursery rhymes, pamphlets, poetry, and political and religious tracts.
Ours will typically be of 32 pages but made to a much higher quality than was ever achieved by the historical chapbook.
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