Introduced by Emma Balch
Back to my Yorkshire roots for the first book of the year. I grew up between Leeds, the UK’s third largest city, and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
For those who don’t know the city, north Leeds ends abruptly, coinciding with the city’s highest point. On the other side there is a steep dip down (via the craggy Otley Chevin Forest Park) followed immediately by countryside that runs wildly – over a series of rivers, dales and and moors – right up to the Scottish border.
Heading away from Leeds, but rather than dropping down the escarpment and instead heading west, the landscape plateaus. There you will find Leeds Bradford airport (at an elevation of 681ft) next to the small town of Yeadon. It’s an ancient, but now fairly nondescript northern town that feels neither part of Leeds or Bradford. It was surprising then, to find that Smith Settle, specialist printers and binders, (founded relatively recently, in 1981), are based in Yeadon! Smith Settle produce beautiful leather-bound hand-sewn books for both The Folio Society and Slightly Foxed.
The book I introduce is Suzanne St Albans‘s memoir, Mango & Mimosa, not for the content, but as a fine example of ‘the birth of a book’.
This 2012 Slightly Foxed Edition (limited to 2000 hand-numbered copies) of Mango & Mimosa was cloth hardback bound, with coloured endpapers, silk ribbon, head and tailband, gold blocking to spine and blind blocking to front.
Apologies for the delay in updates lately. I have had limited internet connection over the last couple of weeks, so I am catching up! Should be back to usual new, daily posts by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience.