London: Eagle Gallery, 2002. One of 12 copies, all on BKK Rives and Tosa Shoji paper, each signed and numbered by the artist. Page size: 11-7/8 inches x 7-3/8 inche; 78pp. All with 9 dry points by Jane Joseph, editioned by Marie Walker and 9 poems by Mel Gooding printed letterpress by Graham Bignell at New North Press on Tosa Shoji, set in Legacy Sans. Bound by Tracey Rowledge: handmade olive green Japanese paper over paper boards with title printed in silver on front cover, housed in publisher's white slipcase, fine.
The 9 dry points perfectly complement Gooding's verse. Joseph's images of common plants such as pussy willow, ragwort, bluebells, and the like are anything but prosaic. Rather she infuses her images with the dignity of all living things and finds beauty in the simple lines. Gooding's verse does the same - "Close garden cousin of wild 'nonscriptus' / 'washes' paler (but not less beautiful)..." - Garden Bluebell. For anyone who loves flowers and gardening, this book will have particular resonance. Item #9313