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The seafarer


The seafarer


Inger Lawrance, cut all the images on wood Kevin Crossley-Holland, prepared the text from the Anglo-Saxon Nicolas McDowall hand-set the Albertus types and complted the printing of the book in June 1988 at the Old Stile Pree. Issued in portfolio. Ever since the tenth century, versions of The Seafarer have been committed to books, though it was no doubt part of the tradition of poems recited aloud and learned by heart. Here, Kevin Crossley-Holland has written the poem in modern English verse which retains all the Anglo-Saxon poet's passionate love for the sea while recognising its hardships and dangers. Inger Lawrance is Danish but now lives near the stormy Northumberland coast, so the sea features prominently in much of her painting and printmaking. Her woodcutting technique was learned partly in Japan and her imagery is very spare, almost calligraphic. The book itself is somewhat delicately bound in the Japanese style but is enclosed, almost wrapped, in a portfolio of rough linen and blue buckram - as though it had survived a turbulent time at sea and is now rescued especially for the reader.Albertus type. Printed on Zerkall irregular laid silurian paper on a Victoria platen press. 42 wood cuts of which 9 are in two colours. Printed, from the wood, on one side of the sheet only, folded and stitched in the Japanese manner. The book is laced into buff coloured printed card covers, with black ribbon, and is contained in a portfolio of limp jute, lined with blue buckram and laced with ties of bookbinder's tape




Llandogo, Monmouthshire : Old Stile Press


Sea poetry, English (Old)
Artists' books



Physical Description

[22] folded leaves : ill. 22 x 27 cm




Art Limited Access Regular

Call Number

N7433.4.L3867 S43 1988


Numbered and signed limited ed. of 240 copies

How to Cite

“The seafarer,” Artists' Books, accessed February 26, 2024,