Desire and Possession
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Desire and Possession (1727)

This short book is the second in a series of four based on the poetry of Jonathan Swift. It has been researched, designed & hand type-set by Jamie Murphy & Madison Shackell-York, while Designers in Residence at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin. Madison produced the woodcut illustration while Jamie controlled the  FAG Swiss Proof 40 proofing press. The paper is Zerkall 170gsm mouldmade.

The type is set  in 12 & 22 point Monotype Caslon Old Face series 128. Monotype’s interesting cut (1916) is an adaptation of the first designs released by William Caslon I, but nevertheless, while Swift was penning and publishing these four poems, Caslon’s ‘Roman and Italick’ types were also having their first outings (1725 — 1731).  These books have each been printed in an edition of just 50 copies. Numbers 1 – 40 comprise the standard copies with paper sides, A – J comprise the De Luxe copies which have been case bound & housed in slipcases by Tom Duffy in his studio at Dublin’s Five Lamps.


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