Hello, and welcome to the first edition of the the Hand & Eye newsletter. Every now and again I'm going send out some highlights of what what's been happening and some news of future plans.
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A Christmas Carol
There have been a lot of really nice comments about A Christmas Carol and I have at last given it its own page, with a nice slideshow, on the Hand & Eye web site. The hand-coloured special edition has been particularly popular.

Chris Adamson at Books and Vines has written a really nice review, putting it in the context of seven other editions going back to 1902. All the books are extensively described and photographed.
Bawden letters
Nick is already well into the setting of our next book, Dear Edward, the edited correspondence of Edward Bawden and Peyton Skipwith. The two met in the 1960s when Bawden started showing at The Fine Art Society, where Peyton worked. A lifelong friendship developed, and Peyton eventually became Bawden's literary executor. It is now much less usual for an artist and dealer to have such a long relationship, which together with the move from letters to emails means that that this may be one of the last correspondences of its type.

As with our other books, design is by Webb & Webb, who have developed a new pattern paper for the cover from a previously unpublished Bawden drawing. Brian Webb has chosen 12-on-14 pt Joanna italic for the text, with footnotes in 10-on-12 pt roman. We are planning a special edition, the details of which I'll announce when they've been settled. 

The setting is a mammoth job, our biggest to date. The text alone is over 6000 lines of 24 ems, and then there are headings, folios, rules and leads. We reckon that it'll take about three-quarters of a tonne of type metal to cast it all, and we've been clearing all the galleys we can to get together enough metal and to give the storage space we need.

We're very fortunate to have an introduction by David Gentleman, who was a student of Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art.
Heading north
As well as being our largest pieces of machine setting, Dear Edward is going to be one of the last. Nick is moving to Yorkshire in February and is buying the Monotype machines and taking them with him. He'll still be supplying Hand & Eye with top class setting, and the only thing that will change is that orders for type and setting will go to him rather than to me. When I bought the Monotype in 2010 Nick knew nothing at all about it and he now routinely repairs and maintains them and produces the best typesetting I've used in more than thirty years of printing. I'm really pleased that the machines will be in good hands and that I'll still have access to great typesetting.
Standard (left) and special editions of A Christmas Carol
A galley of headings
set in 14 pt Joanna italic
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