The eighth in an on-going, near thirty-year collaboration between Stratford wood engraver Gerard Brender — Brandis and the Porcupine's Quill that started in 1980 with the publication of Wood, Ink & Paper, which has sold almost 5000 copies in 28 years.
Twenty-four new engravings which depict all 27 musical instruments mentioned in Shakespeare.
A companion volume to A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare (PQL 2006).close this panel
'Gerard ... sees himself in the longer tradition of medieval scribes and Gutenberg, and most of his important connections are with artists and craftsmen of Europe and the past. His engraving is very much in the British tradition, with the feel of such engravers as Mackley, Robert Gibbings, Joan Hassall and Monica Poole.... In Gerard's case, being a book artist includes being able to do all aspects of the production himself. No other Canadian private press printer is able to combine typesetting and printing with wood engraving, papermaking, spinning, weaving and bookbinding. His lifestyle, which is spare and simple, imposes the onus of inventing and doing everything self sufficiently and provides the opportunity to explore his creativity as fully as possible.'
'As with all the works published by Porcupine's Quill, this book is itself a work of art, carefully printed on fine quality paper and bound by traditional methods. Even in paperback, this is a book to keep and treasure.'