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Swift Wings: Songs in Sussex

   

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State (a):

40 copies printed on large hand-made paper.

Deluxe hand-coloured issue.
Bound in grey paper boards with a brown spine.
Upper cover illustration of a Sussex windmill in colour and lettered in black within the illustration “SWIFT WINGS | SONGS IN SUSSEX.”

State (b):

550 copies printed on antique laid paper.
Bound in a white cloth spine with red paper covered boards.
Upper cover illustration of a Sussex windmill in black and lettered in black within the illustration “SWIFT WINGS | SONGS IN SUSSEX.”

Spine has a paper label printed horizontally “SWIFT WINGS | SONGS IN SUSSEX.”
7 ¾  x 5 ¼ inches
Title page printed in black and red.
Printer’s device printed in black and red.
Pages uncut and untrimmed.

Variant Binding:

Bound in a white cloth spine with pale green covered boards.
Upper cover illustrated in black and gray and lettered in red within the illustration “SWIFT WINGS: | SONGS IN SUSSEX.”
Spine has a paper label printed in red vertically down spine SWIFT WINGS
7 ¾  x 5 ¼ inches
Title page printed in black and red.
Printer’s device printed in black and red.
Pages uncut and untrimmed.

 
Publisher: The Vine Press.  
Printer: Vine Press.  
Published At: Steyning, Sussex.  
Date: 1921.  
Edition: First Edition.  
Pages:

[iv] + v-xiii + 59 + [1].

 
Price:

State (b) priced at 6 shillings

 
Remarks:

Cover designed by Beatrice Linda Stanbrough.  Title-page and colophon printed in red and black.  Errata slip tipped in at page 38.  Printed by hand on Victor Neuburg’s printing press.

 
Pagination:
  Limitation Page
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Blank
[  iii] Title-page
[  iv] Blank
[  v] Dedication
[  vi] Blank
[  ix] Publisher's Note
[  x] Blank
[xi-xii] Prologue
[  xiv] Blank
[1-59] Text
[  60] Blank
[  i] Colophon [Printer's Device]
 
Contents:

- Dedication

- Publisher's Note

- Prologue

- Gypsies

- Cuckfield

- Shoreham Hills

- Fieldway Coppice

- Old Steyne

- Richard Jeffries

- A River Bed

- Ovingdean

- Hove Street

- Cliffs in Winter

- White Hawk Hill

- The Sea Breeze

- William Collins

- October

- Rottingdean   

- Fulking Hill

- Rock Pool

- Frenchlands

- Hangleton

- The Sea in Moonlight

- Night-Piece

- Ex Cathedra

- Coombes

- Botolphs

- Orchard Songs

- Awakening

- The Barrow

- Saddlescombe

- Sheep

- Ivory

- Decline

- Hymn to Astarte

- Epilogue

 

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The Vine Press at Steyning has produced interesting work, typical of this free and enjoyable period, and its first book, Lillygay, issued in 1920, expresses the character of what followed.  It is an anthology of anonymous poems.  The woodcuts by Percy West are cheerful and chapbook in style, like Tuer’s books from the late nineteenth century or Lovat Fraser’s more recently, or Jack Yeats in the Cuala Broadsheets.  Forty special copies were bound delightfully in pink paper boards and green buckram back, with printed labels and hand coloured.  The type is nothing to write home about but the book is a success—ballads and rough woodcuts, the beautiful and carefree colouring.

The Private Presses, Colin Franklin.     

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Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex. The Vine Press, Steyning. 6s.

     Despite a grave tendency to overworked alliteration which, while pleasing at first glance if well done, wearies on excessive repetition, there are some genuine lyrical lines in this slender volume of sonnets and pastoral poems by an unnamed author. An ardent lover of Sussex’s wind-swept wolds and shady vales, he gives in richly impressionistic and ripely rounded verses vivid descriptions of such old-world places as Coombes, Saddlescombe, and old Steyne, enthuses with an artist’s eye for tone and beauty over the moonlit seascape, reflects tenderly and reminiscently on the achievements of such Sussex men as the poet Collins, the prose-writer Jeffries, and produces in plenty descriptions of pastoral scenes that are alluring, lucent, cool. “The Sea-Breeze” is an excellent example of effective alliteration, and “Old Steyne” and “Hove Street” exquisite examples of word-painting.

     The Vine Press also issued “Lillygay” (5s), an anthology of anonymous poems edited and compiled by the author of “Swift Wings,” with some excellent woodcuts contributed by Eric and Percy West. Decidedly unusual and perhaps rather daring in the eyes of the “unce’ guid,” these old-world ballads have a racy character and rich promise about them that is original and attractive. Here are collected such ancient masterpieces as “Johnnie Faa,” “The Gowans Sae Gae,” “Burd Ellen,” and “Elore Lo,” the innocent, light-hearted amorism of “Bonfire Song” and “Rantum Tantum,” the by no means mealy-mouthed “Sick Dick,” which is as clever as it is funny, and the exquisite “Lyke-Wake Dirge,” with its dire, forbidding Catholicism. Most of these poems tell of bygone times and manners, but a few at least, such as the lovely “Colophon,” are modern in tone and in expression. They are, as the prologue says: “Tonguefuls of words, but new words of a new world, newly coloured by the angel of a new time.

—The Aberdeen Press and Journal, 21 March 1921.

 
       
   

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