Eleanor’s Advent

Eleanor’s Advent by Kevin Crossley-Holland, images by Alyson MacNeill (The Old Stile Press, 1992)

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.

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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.



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