Woodside Press, Brooklyn, 2006
Edition of 70 numbered and signed copies. £40
Text: ‘Le Bateau Ivre’ by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Nancy Campbell.
Letterpress printed in Garamond on Kitakata natural, with an oriental sewn binding and decorative hand-incised card covers.
In 2006 Nancy returned as Artist in Residence to Woodside Press in Brooklyn, where she had originally studied typefounding. Woodside holds a vast collection of foundry typefaces and also matrices to cast fresh type for each new project, so it was inevitable that her work should be predominantly textual. She decided to print a version of Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Le Bateau Ivre’, a poem which has been translated as a rite of passage by so many poets and is a staple of independent publishing… short enough to print by hand, long enough to make a substantial pamphlet. She cast a French typeface (Garamond) on Linotype Casters, and printed onto light Japanese papers, and used a Japanese binding, to reflect Rimbaud’s passion for the Orient. The covers, with their indigo stain suggesting stormy weather, were handmade at the magnificent Cave Paper Mill.