Anne Lee writes... I have now completed work on developing my handmade book, 'Solitude' by John Clare. In making this book I have used what I consider to be the best materials to suit the content and integrity of the style of binding. Hence, as you will see in the description on one of the photos, the book is bound Japanese style, with hinged covers of Japanese silk bookcloth and printed Hahnemuhle Bugra paper. The end papers are designed and printed with Clare's handwriting from his original manuscript. The pages are designed and printed by myself on Japanese Awagami Inbe paper.

The book has 18 pages plus endpapers and measures 21 x 13.5 cms.

I have previously had requests for this book. Because of the cost of these materials I can only make this book to order and will make a maximum edition of 20 signed and numbered copies at £35 per copy plus post and packing. On receiving orders I would expect a turnaround of about two weeks.

Please message me if interested.


Anne, I have received "Solitude". More words seem superfluous - but I've got to say something! A perfect concept in every way. It is already precious but not so that it has to be put away on a shelf. It cries out to be opened and touched and read. The pleasure I am getting from its pages is already extraordinary. Thank you for making something so beautiful. I must add that I am full of respect for you that something so lovely has been issued with such modesty. I count myself very lucky to be one of the first 20 to have the care of this consummate edition of "Solitude". Thank you. (Norman Goodman)

Better than a birthday - Shadows and Solitude arrived in the same post today - how amazing is that ! So beautiful - I've been absorbed but only really brushed the surface so far! I so enjoyed opening them, touching them and experiencing how lovely they are, even more than imagined. so many moving and beautiful lines! I can't wait to share them with my dissertation supervisor - he will be so impressed!   Thank you so, so much, the packaging on Solitude was so lovely I almost didn't want to open it!  (Gilli Driver)