Stone from Delphi by Seamus Heaney, Art by Wendy Artin, Arion Press, 83 of 300
Stone from Delphi by Seamus Heaney
Illustrated with Sixteen Watercolor Drawings by Wendy Artin
Arion Press, 2012, Signed Limited Edition, 83 of 300
Signed by Seamus Heaney and Wendy Artin
MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging
This is a signed limited edition of “Stone from Delphi” published by the Arion Press in 2012 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 83. From the publisher, “The Arion Press is proud to announce its publication of poetry by Seamus Heaney, Stone from Delphi, a collection of his poems with classical themes, chosen by Helen Vendler. The classical past is fundamental to the work of this great contemporary poet, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, who, like James Joyce before him, illuminates his times and his own psyche through the lens of antiquity. Vendler’s introduction, “Seamus Heaney and the Classical Past”, tells us that in Ireland Heaney grew up hearing the Latin of Catholic liturgy, then pursued the language and literature at school. For fifty years, he has translated and adapted classical texts and alluded to them in his own poems, be their subjects his family, the Troubles, astronauts, or the fall of the Twin Towers.
Of Heaney’s versions of classical poems, Vendler says: “Most of all, he is reclaiming, for modern ears, works inaccessible in their original language to the common reader. Although often translated, these poems require fresh versions in every generation. One has only to compare a passage from Virgil translated by Heaney to the same passage in another translation to be struck by the freshness and vigor and pace he elicits from the Latin lines.””
The Arion Press edition of Stone from Delphi is small folio in format, 11-5/8 by 8-3/8 inches, 120 pages, plus 16 unnumbered leaves for the illustrations, a total of 152 pages. The paper is German mould-made Schiller. The text types are Poliphilus roman and Blado italic, based on typefaces of Aldus Manutius used in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499, one of the greatest illustrated books of all time. The poetry is set in 16 point, the introduction and subsidiary matter in 13 point, both leaded two points. The display type on the title pages is Hadriano Stone Cut, designed by Frederic Goudy. Composition and casting were done by Mackenzie & Harris in Monotype, using the new Welliver computer system rather than the conventional keyboard and punched paper tape to drive the casting machine. Letterpress printing was done on a Heidelberg cylinder press. The illustrations were printed on an Epson digital inkjet printer. The binding has a natural, light tan goatskin spine, with author and title stamped in Hadriano, light brown cloth sides, with an inset oval on the front cover holding a print of an Artin watercolor drawing of the stone Omphalos. The book is presented in a slipcase with the same cloth on the spine and tan paper on the sides, the same as used for endpapers. Typesetting, printing, and binding were done at Arion Press.
The book is signed by Seamus Heaney and Wendy Artin.
Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.
The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.
A stock composite photograph of the binding and an illustration as well as an additional illustration from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."