We Like it Here Beside the River marks the 45th year since Gerard Smyth helped to hand-set & letterpress print his debut collection of poetry, The Flags Are Quiet (New Writers’ Press), in 1969.
Designed, typeset by hand & letterpress printed by Jamie Murphy, with assistance from Guy Cresswell & Louis Scully, at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin.
The artwork has been printed from a magnesium plate after an original drawing made for this book by Donald Teskey.
With help from Gerard, the text has been hand-set in 12, 18 & 22 point Caslon Old Face series 128, Monotype cast at The Whittington Press. The book has been printed on a FAG Swiss Proof 40. The press device printed on the back cover is from a new design by Max Phillips.
Printed on 170gsm Zerkall mouldmade in an edition of 45 copies. Copies 16—45 are in paper wrappers. Housed in slipcases, copies 1—15 are quarter bound in cloth covered boards by Tom Duffy at his studio in Dublin’s Five Lamps area.