Another book on a favourite topic of ours: Venice and its environs, in particular the surrounding lagoon, a subject that rarely gets the coverage that the city itself is all too readily given.
For the text we've chosen excerpts from an early twentieth-century writer's work, that of E. V. Lucas, writing just at the outbreak of the First World War when things were probably less visitor-friendly in some respects than they are today. Some things change, others remain as ever. Everyone in Burano is dirty. The Murano glass works is a tourist trap: 'the entrance may be 'free', but the exit rarely is so'. A pleasing connection is a visit to the printing house of the Armenian monastery on the island of San Lazzaro, where the fine library can still be visited today.
This is our second collaboration with artist Leslie Gerry who has prepared eight fabulous and evocative images of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. Leslie has prepared and printed his images digitally of course, and printed them on 190gsm Bockingford paper from St Cuthberts Mill - this has been (uniquely) treated on both sides to be receptive to inkjet inks. The text - by contrast - has been set and printed in the superb Hunt Roman type and printed letterpress from metal type.
The book makes forty pages and was bound by Ludlow Bookbinders in quarter red cloth with one of Leslie's images on the front and back boards, the whole then wrapped in a Japanese-style portfolio.