by Nicolas McDowall

Soon after our arrival in Wales we discovered an ancient wall in one of the remaining tracts of Tintern Forest above the River Wye. It had been on both sides of what seemed an imposing, if now overgrown, road leading away from the path on which we walked, curving left and out of sight.

I have returned to the wall many times. The forest at that point has its own intense stillness, but the wall holds a fascination for me. The interlocking stones and the shadows between them form patterns which I found I could contemplate timelessly and I imagined somehow that great truths were for the unlocking. Where, though, was the key?

This book is a first attempt at this search.

Editions & Inscriptions

Copies of the Main Edition are Signed by Nicolas McDowall

36 line block images, developed from original photographs by Nicolas McDowall. Printed, on St.Cuthbert's Mill mould-made paper, on a Victoria platen press. Case covered in paper specially made by Frances McDowall with line block image, printed in black on slate grey paper, mounted in recessed panel on upper cover. Matching recessed spine label, titled in black.

A Wall in Wales: an observation

Published in 1991

38 pp.

210 x 135mm (8.3 x 5.3in)

Editions & Availability

125 copies were printed of the Main Edition at £30 each.

The Main Edition is no longer available.


Special Editions are not available.