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Kiggell, Ralph

The third thing : a selection, by Ralph Kiggell, of writing on the subject of water / woodblock prints by Ralph Kiggell.

Llandogo, Monmouthshire : Old Stile Press, [2013]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 34 x 29 cm, in box 36 x 31 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Z232.O43 T45 2013+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
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"The book was designed and printed by Nicolas McDowall (during the winter of 2012-2013) at The Old Stile Press. Catchmays Court, Llandogo, Monmouthshire NP25 4TN, UK. The paper is 250 gsm Vélin Arches, the type is Elizabeth and Ralph Kiggell's wood blocks were all printed from the wood. The Edition is limited to 150 copies, numbered and signed by the artist."--Colophon.
"The paper is 250 gsm Velin Arches. Ralph Kiggell's blocks throughout the book were printed from the wood in a palette of four colours, with a separate black for the text. The book was case-bound at The Fine Bookbindery with papers printed with the artist's images and the chemise is cloth-covered and has a printed label."
"The Main Edition consists of 138 copies, numbered and signed by the artist. A special edition, of just 10 copies for sale, consists of a copy of the book placed in a drop-back box together with a portfolio of 4 images designed and cut specially ... each is individually signed and numbered I-X"--Old Stile Press website, viewed March 2, 2015.
"Poets in his selection include Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Padraic Colum, John Masefield and some more contemporary poets from Australia, Thailand, and the UK"--Old Stile Press website, viewed December 4, 2013.
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 89 of 150, signed by the artist. In original cloth chemise.
"In this book, masterly woodcuts spread across the pages to guide us visually through the many aspects of that cycle of water described in words. Layers of translucent colour suggest the movement of water across swimmers, human and animal. There are driving shafts of rain, frozen crystals, rivers which support teeming life on boats, clouds heavy with impending downpours. All derive from D.H. Lawrence's wonder at the unknowable third thing that, with an oxygen atom and two of hydrogen, completes the mystery of water ... Ralph Kiggell has chosen a wide sweep of writing as inspiration for his imagery to convey the variety of ways in which water provides life and is life for all on earth"--Old Stile Press website, viewed March 2, 2015.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books.
Water in art.
Water in literature.
Color woodcuts -- England -- 21st century.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Typefaces (Type evidence) -- Elizabeth.
McDowall, Nicolas, book designer, printer.
Old Stile Press, printer.
Fine Book Bindery (Firm), binder.

  • The beginning of time / Michael K. Moore
  • Old English riddle from 'The Exeter Book' / tr. by Nancy Campbell
  • from The temple of nature / Erasmus Darwin
  • Bathing in the Mediterranean / from Paul Valery's journal
  • The third thing / D.H. Lawrence
  • from The cricket on the hearth / Charles Dickens
  • Let dew the flowers fill /Thomas Lovell Beddoes
  • Snowflake / William Baer
  • from Walen: the ponds / Henry David Thoreau
  • Spring pools / Robert Frost
  • The Buddha's law as a rain cloud from lotus sutra / tr. by W.E. Soothill
  • Sanskrit court poem / Anonymous
  • Suburban rain / Rod Moran
  • The poems of our climate / Wallace Stevens
  • Reflections on a glass / M.R. Peacocke
  • The last assignment / Nancy Campbell and Anna Zvegintzov
  • Water, is taught by thirst / Emily Dickinson
  • from Lilit of swarn and cursed water Siamese oath of allegiance / tr. by Tom Navamintr Vitayakul
  • from Of gardens / Francis Bacon
  • River-mates / Padraic Colum
  • Birch canoe / Carter Revard
  • Mekong / S. K. Kelen
  • Where clouds are born / Keith Lobban
  • What am I, life? / John Masefield.

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