Eleanor's Advent
by Kevin Crossley-Holland

images by Alyson MacNeill

1992
32pp
200 x 135mm (7.9 x 5.3in)

£40

225 copies
signed by author and artist

In this poem, written for one of his daughters, Kevin Crossley-Holland uses the metaphor of the lighting of each of four candles in an advent crown. Advent is a time of anticipation and of growing illumination. Each December day in the poem has a four-line stanza which tells of a newfound wonder in the child's world. As images to go beside these verses, Alyson MacNeill's engravings are a perfect response.

Bembo type, Monotype set. Title set in Union Pearl. Printed on a Zerkall rough mould-made paper on a FAG Control 900 press.
16 engravings, printed as fold-outs to the text pages.
Boards covered in red paper printed in black with images by the artist. Endpapers paste-coloured and dutch-gilt by Frances and Nicolas McDowall, images by the artist. Slipcase covered in reddish cloth. Buff coloured paper sides printed in black with images taken from the text.