Introduced by Nicolas MacDowell
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 new-found wonder in the child’s world.
As images to go beside these verses, Alyson MacNeill’s engravings are a perfect response.
Copies of the Main Edition are signed by author and artist. 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.