Disruption, Devotion + Distributism (STANDARD EDITION) by Pat Randle
A specially commissioned book printed by Pat Randle from Nomad letterpress on the Stanhope Hand Press at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, during the exhibition Disruption, Devotion + Distributism.
A visually gorgeous book of texts by various authors, and wood engravings by David Jones and Phoebe Connolly.
With printing taking place at the museum, and later work being finished at the The Whittington Press in Cheltenham, UK, Disruption, Devotion and Distributism the book took shape over an extended period, and is now available for sale in two formats, a tribute to the continuing vitality of letter press printing, and the outstanding achievements of the St Dominic’s Press as a printer and publisher.
Pat Randle is co-editor and printer of Double Dagger magazine and printer of Matrix, and has led letterpress workshops and demonstrations throughout the UK and Europe. A highly skilled letterpress printer and type enthusiast, he was the ideal person to bring this idea to life. Pat spent time at the museum looking at our collection of type and woodblocks, and was particularly enthused about the rare typeface Jubilee, designed by Eric Gill and launched in 1935 for the King’s Jubilee. However, the Jubilee typeface did not become popular and was withdrawn eventually in 1947 so it is now rarely seen. He was also very keen to use some of the beautiful engraved wood blocks made by artist David Jones for the press.
Text for the book was selected in order to reflect the work of the press and concerns of those involved. This includes Eric Gill on his love for Caslon Old Face, “Caslon’s Old Face is thoroughly decent in every respect”, the type Pat used for the majority of the book and Brocard Sewell’s memories of working at the St Dominic’s Press in its later years, including an account of ‘type battles’ amongst the printers when the Boss (presumably Hilary Pepler) was absent.
The standard edition consists of 28 regular copies, bound in stiff boards by Roger Grech.
The books available to buy here are printed on Zerkall mould made paper. Includes 6 illustrations by David Jones and the Hound on the title page by Phoebe Connolly.
There is also a special edition that consists of 8 ‘portfolio’ copies in which the book is accompanied by a full set of 6 engravings by David Jones and housed, alongside portfolio, within a slipcase. Please see special edition product here.