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M R James - 'The acme of Summer'

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One of a six part collection engraved for Tartarus Press, for their M R James Collection. The first editions of the book sold out in under two weeks!

This engraving is inspired by a beautiful passage from 'A view from a hill''; "Across a broad level plain they looked upon ranges of great hills, whose uplands—some green, some furred with woods—caught the light of a sun, westering but not yet low. And all the plain was fertile, though the river which traversed it was nowhere seen. There were copses, green wheat, hedges and pasture-land: the little compact white moving cloud marked the evening train. Then the eye picked out red farms and grey houses, and nearer home scattered cottages, and then the Hall, nestled under the hill. The smoke of chimneys was very blue and straight. There was a smell of hay in the air: there were wild roses on bushes hard by. It was the acme of summer." Which makes the proceeding unfolding horror incredibly uncomfortable.

The print is in an edition of 50 - Tartarus included the first 30 of the edition in each of the first 30 of the books. Therefore is only another 20 available to purchase. There is a reduction in price if all six of the collection are bought together.

It is hand printed on my 1849 Albion Printing Press on some of the last stocks of Zerkall hand made paper directly from the boxwood block. And measures 180mm x 110mm.

As with all my online images, the copyright of them resides with me. And the permission for the use or copying needs to be sought from me before use. Just give me a call, I'm sure we can agree something! 01825 841000. Thank you.

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