This publishing of A Modest Proposal will be produced to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift in 1667. First printed in 1729 by Sarah Harding, Copper Alley, Dublin.
Designed, typeset and letterpress printing will be by Jamie Murphy. The type employed will be 24 point Monotype Caslon Small Face, an interesting cut quite close in character to William Caslon’s ‘Roman and Italick’ types of the late 1720s. This type was originally cast into founts by Neil Winter at The Whittington Press from matrices acquired from the Oxford University Press. The book will be printed on a Western style proofing press at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin. Jessica Traynor has supplied nine new poems in response to the original text. David O’Kane has scratched the ten illustrations which have been editioned from lithographic stones by Michael Timmons at his workshop in Stoneybatter.
The book is being printed on 250gsm mouldmade paper from the Zerkall Mill, Hürtgenwald, Germany, supplied by John Purcell, London. Based in Wiltshire, UK, Jemma Lewis has designed and produced the marbled papers based on marble patterns found at St. Patrick’s Catheral where Swift was once Dean. Eleanor Swan has produced the porcelain inserts for the standard copies at her studio on the grounds of Russborough House, Co. Kildare. The edition is limited to 35 books. Copies marked A to Z will be half bound in Moroccan goat with marbled paper sides by Tom, Patricia, Pat and Tommy Duffy at their workshop in Dublin’s Five Lamps area. Copies marked i, ii, iii, iv and v will be similarly bound and will remain hors de commerse. Copies marked 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be bound in unique full leather designs by Kate Holland and are to be accompanied by a portfolio containing a full suite of the lithographs. Each book is presented in a solander box produced by its respective binder.
Certainly my largest project to date, production began in July 2016, expected to launch in April 2017.
Standard: €4750 (€3800 pre-publication)
De Luxe: €9750