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The Song of Songs

Flying Sugar Press, London 1995
Limited edition of fifty-one copies, numbered as follows:

1-35 (Regular): Bound in quarter leather goatskin and crimson cloth, printed with a design inlaid into front and back boards. Leather headbands. Pages with French folds at foredge. Title gold-blocked on spine. Slipcase covered in goatskin and cloth.

I- X (De Luxe): Full scarlet goatskin binding with images blocked onto the leather front and back. Hand-embroidered headbands, leather doublures with printed flyleaves. An additional block in colour is signed and tipped into each of these ten copies.
A-C (Special) : Full colour blocks throughout, printed by Yaron.

All bindings designed by Yaron and made by Rob Hadrill of Book Works, London. Size of book: 21.6 x 26.1cm

Eighty-five pages with seventy-two full page linocuts by Yaron printed on Zerkall 145gsm mould-made paper. Endpapers on Japanese paper. The title page and eight chapter headings are in three colours, different for each chapter, printed in layers with gold as the middle tone giving a burnished, embossed effect. All the rest of the blocks are printed in rich, matt black. The entire text of the poem is included and cut as part of each image's composition. The edition was hand-printed from Yaron's blocks by master printer Ian Mortimer, winner of the 1995 Felice Feliciano prize for book design and production.

Over the centuries, Solomon's beautiful Song of Songs has provided inspiration for artists of many cultures. In this major art work, Yaron approaches the venerable Biblical poem in a fresh manner, uninhibited by traditional concepts. He has created a stunningly original volume, vibrant with vitality and a touch of humour never previously seen in illustrated versions of this text. The style is reminiscent of fifteenth century block-books.


Cover of Regular edition

Printed cloth binding for copies 1-35

Title page   Title design

Leather cover with stencils

Full leather binding for De Luxe copies I-X

"..nor awake my love till he please.."

Sample image


Sample Chapter heading

Chapter 7 title