- Covent Garden, London: Bertram Rota, 2005.
- large 4to
- quarter green oasis niger over yellow cloth boards, gilt on cover and spine, quarter leather over marbled boards folding case with handmade paper linings incorporating flowers into the paper, original publisher's acetate dustjacket, decorated paper-covered slipcase.
- 43, (1) pages, nine color prints, of which three are double-page and six are full page
- ISBN: 0854003614
Price: $1,250.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 138499
Printed in an edition limited to 48 numbered copies signed by the author/artist, of which this is one of 10 special copies with a separate portfolio containing an original drawing used in the preparation of the prints, and two signed prints, one a duplicate of one in the book, the other an illustration not used in it. Prospectus loosely inserted. The leather spines are a trifle faded, else a fine copy in near-fine slipcase.
The engravings are hand-made by the artist from copper-plates worked by engraving, etching, aquatint & soft-ground etching. The colours are applied from intaglio & relief, and additional colours are added by hand. Typography & printing by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press on hand-made paper. Some of Joe Lubbock's finest work with several plates approaching abstraction from figurative inspiration found in the natural world from the author's native Suffolk to the mountains of Central Asia. The edition is hand-bound by George Percival at Leicester.
In this book, Lubbock revives memories of a vanished way of rural life in farmlands and woodlands around an ancient garden; from mountains and seas, rivers, deserts and jungles around the world; and from cornfields and copses, estuary and coastline surrounding the home of his ageing.
In 1967 J.G.Lubbock retired to work on his wonderful books of engravings inspired by the spiritual nature of the landscape and the sea. They are full of atmosphere and depth of feeling and deserve their place in the history of contemporary livres d'artistes.