by [Norwegian Folk Song]; Wehrle, Pauline (Translator); Foa, Maryclare (Illustrator)
Catchmays Court, Llandogo, Monmouth: The Old Stile Press, 1995. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. Foa, Maryclare. Number 55 of 140 copies, quarto size,  pp., signed by Maryclare Foa. A lovely re-telling of the medieval Norwegian ballad of Olaf Asteson, who falls asleep on Christmas Eve and has a sort of waking-dream which lasts for thirteen days, through January 6, which in the Christian world was celebrated as Epiphany. Some say Olaf takes a journey within himself, others that he travels outside, into the macrocosm of space and time; the legend has been interpreted many ways over the centuries and has been the subject of academic lectures. As The Old Stile Press says on their web site: "This hauntingly powerful text played an important role in lectures given by Dr Rudolf Steiner. It uses rich symbolism to depict a spiritual leader's journey of initiation and, as such, provided a perfect stimulus and challenge for the woodcuts of Maryclare Foa. Her immediate and intuitive technique seems to lay bare the very core of the subject for each of the thirty-six blocks which use, as do the verses of the poem, a childlike directness to treat of matters too spiritually deep for the words and images of everyday life. The massive and eternal quality of text and image has been matched by the amazing binding devised and executed for the whole edition by Habib Dingle. Already renowned for his unique wooden bindings, he has here tackled the problems of quantity. The wood comes from Victorian pitch-pine beams, reclaimed, shaped and polished and incorporated with rawhide, with blind tooling, to form the book's case."___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter blind-tooled rawhide, polished pine-wood boards, double title page placed on the recto and verso of a single leaf, each side with a facing woodcut, the text of the poem on the left-hand side (verso of each page) with a corresponding woodcut on the right-hand side (recto), thirty-seven woodcuts including the frontispiece; type Parchment, computer set and printed from polymer blocks, Vélin Arches paper, oblong quarto size (10 3/16" by 11 1/2"), unpaginated with  pp., limited edition, this number 55 of 140 copies, signed by the artist.___CONDITION: Fine; like new, clean and crisp, with natural variations in the wood boards.___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the weight of this work additional postage may apply; we are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international addresses, please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
(Inventory #: CNJL876)
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