Two New Books from David Esslemont

January 7, 2008

David Esslemont has recently completed two books:

The Prelude
William Wordsworth
Edited by Robert Woof with an Introduction by Stephen Gill
Watercolours by David Esslemont
Published by The Wordsworth Trust

Watercolor from Wordsworth’s Prelude

Designed and printed in Minneapolis by David Esslemont. Set in Adobe Bembo and printed from photopolymer plates on Zerkall mould-made acid-free paper in an edition of 200 copies:
10 copies in a special binding by David Esslemont, with an extra set of illustrations, including one not printed in the book – £2,500
190 copies bound by Ludlow Bookbinders in full grey cloth, in a cloth-covered slipcase – £400 (only 170 copies for sale).
380 pp., 290 x 185 mm. (11.4 x 7.3 inches).
For further details and to order copies please contact:
The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH, UK
Telephone: 015394 35544

All in Good Time by George Daniels

This revised edition of George Daniels’ autobiography is published by Peoples Archive Ltd. It includes a new section about motor cars, an index and is illustrated with colour plates of six watches and six motorcars, together with eleven drawings of escapements.

Each of the watches is illustrated with two colour plates printed back-to-back showing the face on one side and the back or escapement on the other side. There are two wrist-watches: a one-minute tourbillon and a four-minute tourbillon both with the Daniels coaxial escapement. The four pocket-watches include a one-minute tourbillon with Earnshaw spring-detent escapement; a one-minute tourbillon with fifteen-second remontoir; a one-minute tourbillon with Daniels coaxial escapement; and a solar and sidereal watch with Chronograph.

The book is designed, printed and bound by David Esslemont a distinguished maker of fine books whose honours include the Premio Felice Feliciano award for book design.

The text is printed ‘letterpress’ from photopolymer plates while the illustrations are printed using the latest archival inkjet process. The paper chosen for the book is a mould-made, acid-free paper from the Zerkall mill in Germany.

The book is hand-sewn on linen tapes with hand-sewn endbands and leather-jointed endleaves. The boards are covered with light brown Nigerian goatskin leather with a ‘watch spring’ spiral in gold extending across the front, back and spine. At the centre of the spiral is a recessed panel covered by a watch glass containing a wheel made by George Daniels himself. The book is presented in a felt-lined, cloth-covered, drop-back box.

Published in a limited edition of twenty-seven copies for sale by Peoples Archive Ltd to celebrate George Daniels’ eightieth birthday.
277 pp., 19 coloured plates, 320 x 220 mm (12.6 x 8.7 inches)
Price $6000
For further information contact:
GD Book, Peoples Archive Ltd, Middlesex House,
34-42 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4LB
Telephone +44(0)20 7631 9922 email


What David Esslemont is up to

June 23, 2005

There’s some rather nice illustrations up on the Solmentes Press website. David Esslemont has apparently been working with watercolors while artist in residence at the Wordsworth Trust. There’s a wonderful panorama of Grasmere to greet you on the Solmentes home page and there are also illustrations from his current work on an edition of Wordsworth’s Prelude.

Wordsworth Trust Artists-in-Residence

January 6, 2005

This year, David Esslemont is one of three Wordsworth Trust artists-in-residence. On Saturday, January 22nd, Esslemont will be giving a presentation (with Iain Bain) on printing as part of the Wordsworth Trust’s Weekend Arts & Book Festival.

Solmentes Press: Folly and Wickedness of War

January 4, 2005

David Esslemont published a new book in the Fall of 2004:

On the Folly and Wickedness of War
Two eighteenth-century essaysPrinted in an edition of 100. The typeface is Adobe OpenType Bembo, the paper is acid-free mould made 145g Zerkall 7625. Bound by David Esslemont in full paste-grained paper boards.

16 pp, 250 x 163 mm (10 x 6.5 inches)

Sixty copies for sale: £50 ($95) plus postage

Further details are available from his website: