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Books currently in print and in preparation are described here - Updates also Instagram and Twitter. 

AT THE BINDERS: Vampire Cat of Nabeshima will be ready for a late January to early February release.

COMING LATE 2023 - The Bamboo Cutter and The Princess Moonlight is being edited and artwork commissioned and to be printed  by St James Park Press,

The Moon Moth by Jack Vance has been agreed with the estate to be published....2023/24......

Contact kevin@cordespress.com for further information and how to order.

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Lust Poem

Simon Casimir Wilson

Alphabet books are often instructive as well as rhyming but always short, fun and usually colourful - this book is a alphabet of lust to a woman complete with a double page spread of a 3 colour woodcut from Ralph Kiggell printed on Bunkoshi Antique Japanese paper.

The main text is the first use of a new face, Johnson Sans designed by Lawrence Beck and is to be printed James Freemantle at his St James Park Press on Hahnemuhle Bugra Butten 130gsm Mallow Pink paper from Purcell's. The book is bound by Roger Grech in Bamberger Kaliko orange-yellow cloth with Canson Mi-Teintes endpapers.

Standard copies priced at £155 and 10 specials in pink quarter leather housed in a slip case are £220. 

Order your copy via kevin@cordespress.com

Vampire Cat of Nabeshima

The Vampire Cat of Nabeshima is one of the tales collected by the British  far east diplomat  Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford. It was published in 1871 as "Tales of Old Japan" and tells the story of a shape shifting Bakeneko supernatural cat who after murdering the love of the Prince of Hizen assumes her form and begins to bewitch and consume him with sickness and the low ranking but wily foot soldier, Ito Soda who solves the puzzle and overcomes the demon. 

 

There will be two woodblocks carved by Beth S. Robinson  with 5 and 7 colours each in this new edited version.

The ordinaries will be printed on Zerkall Smooth White and covered in Suminigashi paper and the specials printed on Shin-Obonai and covered in Japanese Decorative paper, both stab bound.

Ordinaries at £220 with optional slipcase at £45 and coloured specials housed in a folding slip case at £420.

THE BOOK IS NOW AT THE BINDERS AND IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER.

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The Bamboo Cutter and The Princess Moonlight

The Bamboo Cutter and The Princess Moonlight is one of the oldest if not oldest folk tales from Japan and dates from the 10th century with the first manuscript published in 1592. Those with a keen knowledge of Studio Ghibli anime films will recognise this as the 2013 film "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya". However, this new edition of the story has had the story line changed especially, the ending to take the sadness away that quite often is part of Japanese folk lore tales. 

In this new version there will be 2 colour woodblocks for the 10 specials along with several b&w vignette illustrations. The woodblocks for the 40 ordinaries will be b&w possibly with a splash of colour in one.

Pricing and details of the artist to be announced early 2023.

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