Sea and Sky
"A wild bright day!
Each wave here leaps and dives
And shakes its locks!"
It was one of those serendipitous moments, when in a Charity Shop in Kirkcudbright, a slim volume of poetry was added to the shelf right in front of me. Intrigued I examined it and found it to be a privately printed volume of poetry by Arthur Wellings, published in 1926.
Wellings lived on the Wirral peninsular, but circumstances took him to London to live and work. There it was that he wrote this book of poetry as reminiscences of the air, sea and sky of his youth.
Inside the book was a letter from Wellings to his friend, which had accompanied a small parcel of books, and asking the friend to go to various local bookshops “touting” the publication – further copies were available by train from London.
How could we resist making a selection of his beautiful and evocative work - letterpress printing it in black and light blue on Gerstaecker paper from Germany.
A Sandpiper and Herring Gull drawn by Frances Grant, wander through the 24 pages, and the gold cover evokes the sparkle of sun on wet sand.
Size 140 x 97 mm. Limited edition of 45.