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The Little of our Earthly Trust - Poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, Arion Press



The Little of our Earthly Trust

Poetry by Elizabeth Bishop Illustrated with Twenty-Four Prints by John Newman

Arion Press, 2016, Signed Limited Edition, 115 of 300

Signed by John Newman

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “The Little of our Earthly Trust” published by the Arion Press in 2016 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 115. From the publisher, "We are proud to announce an edition of the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979), selected and introduced by Helen Vendler. Living in Brazil, and publishing at intervals of several years, she was not visibly part of the American cluster of poets. Although she was always esteemed by her fellow-poets, it was only in her latter years that she was understood and prized by the wider public. Since her death in 1979, she has become the most popular poet of her generation, in part because of her plain- spoken language but also because of her candor and depth of feeling.”

This is a selection of thirty-nine poems considered her most important and most representative by Professor Vendler. The sculptor John Newman has made twenty-four drawings of small sculptures made between 1998 and 2016, with a twenty-fifth for the cover. These drawings have been transformed into relief prints and printed by letterpress from polymer plates on French mould-made paper. The titles and dates of creation of the sculptures are used as the titles for the prints, which appear on the facing page of poetry, below the running foot. The prints are arranged in chronological order and spaced at regular intervals throughout the poetry.

The book measures 9.875” x 6.875” with 192 pages. The type is English Garamond composed and cast in Monotype for the text and large sizes for display handset. The type and the 24 relief prints in three colors from polymer plates were printed by letterpress. The paper is Magnani wove, Italian mouldmade, for the text and Canson Mi-Teintes, French mouldmade, for the prints. The binding is Smyth-sewn, with headbands, in a three-piece cover: a gray goatskin spine with titling, black cloth sides, with an inset additional print on the front cover.

The book is signed by John Newman. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book is in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

Stock photographs of the book and three of John Newman’s illustrations 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."