A title from The Old School Press 

Into the Lagoon

 The islands and towns of the Venetian lagoon in 1914 with images by Leslie Gerry

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About the book

In print

Another book on a favourite topic: Venice and its environs, in particular the surrounding lagoon, a subject that rarely gets the coverage that the city itself is all too readily given.

For the text we've chosen excerpts from an early twentieth-century writer's work, that of E. V. Lucas, writing just at the outbreak of the First World War when things were probably less visitor friendly in some respects than they are today. Some things change, others remain as ever. Everyone in Burano is dirty. The Murano glass works is a tourist trap: 'the entrance may be 'free', but the exit rarely is so'. A pleasing connection is the visit to the printing house of the Armenian Mechitarists on the island of San Lazzaro, where the library can still be visited today.

This is our second collaboration with artist Leslie Gerry who has prepared eight fabulous and evocative images of the islands in the Venetian lagoon. (Our first was Stockholm reflections.)

One of Leslie Gerry's illustrations from the book


About the edition

Leslie has drawn and printed his images digitally of course, and printed them on 190gsm Bockingford paper from St Cuthberts Mill - this has been (uniquely) treated on both sides to be receptive to inkjet inks when printed on his 12-colour Surecolor P7500. The text - by contrast - has been set and printed in the superb Hunt Roman, with the 14pt for the main text. We chose a mid-grey ink to soften the text slightly, in harmony with some of the images.

The book makes forty pages and is bound in quarter red cloth with one of Leslie's images on the front and back boards, the whole then in a Japanese-style wrap. See below for a sequence of images of the binding, and a video of the interior.

There are fifty copies for sale at 290 each.

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