To celebrate the tenth anniversary of HM publisher Rollin Milroy's first letterpress book – and finally rid the studio of leftover paper samples from the original edition – HM issued this second edition.
The anniversary edition was set exactly as in the original, although printed from polymer plates by David Clifford at Black Stone Press. Each copy contains four tipped-in paper samples (each about 1 by 2 inches) from the original sheets. The anniversary edition also features a linocut created as a frontis for the 1998 edition, but not actually used (although tipped-in proofs were included at the back of some copies).
The book (2 x 2.75 inches, 41 pp.) was issued in an edition of 50 copies, in two states:
Six copies (1-5 and an Author's Copy) were specially bound and issued in a dustjacket featuring an original lepidopteran painting on the front cover by Martin Jackson, who also rendered the title along the spine. These copies included a limitation sheet – printed on the same Kelsey 5-by-8 tabletop press used to print the original edition of the book in 1998 – signed by Martin. Sewn on two vellum tapes and laced into a heavy paper case. Issued in a matching slipcase.
The remaining copies (6-50) were sewn and cased in printed paper over boards. (OP)