A title from The Old School Press 

Chesil Beach

A poem by David Burnett, with a wood-engraving by Christopher Wormell

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About the book

In print

To provide an early focus for its work in printing poetry, The Old School Press published a series of five books, each consisting of new work by a contemporary British poet, accompanied by illustrations by British artists.

Number three in the Poetry Series contains a single poem by David Burnett, whose collection Twelve Poems the press published in 1994. The poem is accompanied by a fine wood engraving of Chesil Beach commissioned by David Burnett from Christopher Wormell. 

About the edition

The text is set in hand-set Stephenson Blake's Caslon Old Face in a variety of sizes, with the poem in 18pt. The engravings has been printed from the wood. The edition is of 215 copies, all signed by poet and artist. 24. (Sets of sheets have all been sold.) 

The series is to a uniform external design: quarter bound in yellow cloth with boards covered with a hand-made paper from the Larroque mill. The Larroque paper comes in a range of delicate colours, and a different one is used for each title in the series. Each book bears its title embossed in gold on the front board. The text paper is either 145gsm Zerkall or 170gsm Magnani mould-made paper, and the end papers black Canson Mi Teintes. Each book is about 265mm high and 175mm wide.

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Desmond Post (out of print)

David Burnett

James Kirkup

Adrian Henri

Andrew Motion

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