proviso

Bird Editions, Oxford: 2015
Text and photography by Nancy Campbell.
Sleeve concept, letterpress printing and design by Roni Gross, New York City, with additional letterpress printing and handmade paper by The Old Stile Press, Llandogo, Wales. Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered copies. Printed paper sleeve 10 x 15 cm, with various enclosures including a folded folio from a Greenlandic–English dictionary.
£15

proviso is the record of an intervention at Upernavik Museum, Greenland.

Nancy writes: ‘When I travelled to Greenland in 2010 Frances and Nicolas McDowall of The Old Stile Press gave me a fragment of hand-made paper with a common English word printed on it. With characteristic foresight, they thought it might come in useful. I left this fragment behind in the bilingual Greenlandic–English Dictionary, and vowed to excise the word printed on it from my language, in solidarity with the words being lost daily from the endangered arctic language.’

proviso was launched to accompany the exhibition Nancy Campbell: Books and Printed Matter organised by the Small Publishers Fair, London, in 2015.

Read an article written by Sarah Bodman about proviso here; the talk Nancy gave at the book’s launch is reproduced here.

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