A Garland of Love Songs by Robert Burns

A Garland of Love Songs by Robert Burns

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An Incline Press Chapbook

Inspired by the Robert Holt collection of early 19th-century ballads at Chetham's Library, which, we were surprised to see, had a fair few songs by Robert Burns even though most of the broadsheets and song sheets were published in England.  As you would imagine from sheets produced locally for local people the Scots Dialect which can make Burns' poems difficult has been 'Englished'. We chose to see that as a bonus. The five songs included in the Garland are: Red Red Rose, Corn Riggs, One Fond Kiss, John Anderson My Jo, and Fair Eliza. 

Nick Sadnytzky typeset, printed and sewed these chapbooks under the sharp eye of Graham and Kathy while working at Incline Press during his "Winter Break" from Bennington College in 2013.  The idea is for the students to avoid the harsh Vermont winters while also getting a bit of hands-on practice in a field related to their degree. The winter gales and unheated workshop may have led Nick query his choice, but he worked with intent and enthusiasm, learning not just about letterpress printing and publishing, but about poetry and politics from Robert Burns and printing and politics from Graham Moss. We considered it a win all 'round.

The book is typeset in Modern No. 20 for the titling and Scotch for the songs and printed on Velin Arches. The illustrations are old engravings, a bit marked by time and printed from the wood. The chapbook was collated and sewn by hand into a variety of coloured card, all copies have a wide belly-band with the title. About two hundred copies were produced between Burns Night and Valentines Day, 2013.

One of an occasional series of Incline Press Chapbooks designed to fit into a Bankers DL envelope.

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The booklet includes short essays on the first printers/publishers, Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar; the eighteenth-century chapman, printer and journalist Douglas Graham, and a poem 'Autolycus and the Swallows' about the importance of the coming of the first chapman of the spring. All are illustrated with old woodcuts and engravings, including the first printers' pressmark used in Scotland.

220 x 137 mm, 16 + [2] p. 12 point Scotch type machine-cast by Harry McIntoch and printed on Zerkall paper. Three line-block reproductions: two early woodcuts and one wood engraving. Sewn into a patterned paper wrapper using Curwen paper designed by Margaret Calkin James. Presswork by Graham Moss & Marnie Parsons of Running the Goat, St John’s Newfoundland, binding by Kathy Whalen. Jointly published by Incline Press & Running the Goat 2007-2009. Completed in April 2008. Edition of about 250 unnumbered copies.