The verses paint a very pretty picture of Medieval Ely and I illustrated some of its glories with a series of small engravings.
I used a piece of resurfaced Victorian boxwood which I cut into several smaller pieces:
We started the work with a headpiece showing the early cathedral:
Another showed Norman arches inside the cathedral:
An engraving of an eel was made for the title page. Yet another showed bees around a skep and, finally, a tailpiece showed a heron with an eel. This was not specifically mentioned by Brother Gregory who wrote the original verses but it seemed to me to be appropriate:
The book was printed at the Jericho Press in Ely in an edition of just 100 copies and the results are very fine. Here are some photographs of the finished book, nicely bound in green cloth.:
If you live near Ely, copies can be bought from Toppings, a very fine bookshop. You can also purchase the book directly from The Jericho Press:
Finally, a trial version of the title page eel that I engraved during this project, together with a signed proof pulled from it using my 1865 Albion handpress, is currently being offered on Ebay:
Since this is my first post of 2012, may I wish you all a Very Happy New Year?