`Oxford: Alembic Press, 1990. One of 100 copies. With a pressed piece of flowering papyrus head, a pressed strip of papyrus stem, a sample of homemade papyrus by Claire Bolton, and a sample of papyrus paper by Maureen Richardson of Plant Papers. Letterpress printed in Bell type on Five Seasons paper at the Alembic Press. Using the Oxford University Botanic Garden papyrus plant. A series of hieroglyphs printed in green on the title-page and two other pages. Minor offsetting from papyrus samples. Otherwise, a fine copy of an attractive book. Bound in gauze over buff paper boards with green cloth spine. Green hieroglyphs on front cover. Brown endpapers. Oblong quarto (4 ” x 6 ”). 33 pp. Item #17114
“The following is an account of some recent experiments in making sheets of papyrus at home. I was using only what was available to me in a domestic situation in Oxford in England in terms of equipmernt and plant material. I also had a few outline instructions in a miniature book by Willy Siergers published in the Netherlands in 1989. Firstly the plant. The papyrus of the ancient Egyptians was made form the stem of a water plant, Cyperus papyrus, that grew naturally on the banks of the river Nile. Today very little grows there although it is still found in its natural state in southern Sudan,” (pp. 7-8).
Alembic Press was founded by Claire Bolton and has published dozens of titles in areas including bibliography, bookbinding, alchemy and magic, papermaking, and printing, as well as numerous children’s books and miniature books. The first titled released by Alembic Press was The Words of Secret Things of Hermes Trismegistus (1978) and the most recent is A Figure Specimen (2018). An Accent Specimen, which will contain some 26,000 individual accented letters newly cast by the press, is slated for publication in 2023.