Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Numbered edition)
Michoacán: La Mano Press, 2014. Limited edition. Fine. Hardcover. Item #21867 .
Folio. 88,(2)pp. Sewn on vellum tapes laced into stiff brown paper boards, printed title label on the upper board and printed design label on the spine. Finely printed letterpress on handmade paper of just the right shade of green, and made by Pasquale De Ponte in San Lucas. Illustrated with linocuts printed in black fashioned by Artemio Rodriguez.
The text is a new and wonderful translation by John Ridland. He has masterfully evoked the original alliterative verse in modern English. This is the first edition of the complete translation, parts of it having been published in literary journals from 2005 to 2010.
As a fine press book, this is clearly a masterpiece. The handmade paper is of a perfect shade of pale green to carry the text, set in Bembo Titling and Poliphilus types cast by Bradley Hutchinson.
Although the colophon states this is an edition of 200 copies, it is believe that it is in fact a small number of copies issued with the La Mano Press imprint instead of Taller Martín Pescador. No. xix.