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with a Foreword by Riemke Ensing and decorations by Vanya Lowry.   1996

Included in the materials passed on from The Griffin Press was standing type for two books by Helen Shaw, Leda's Daughter and On a Dark Mirror. Leda's Daughter is among Shaw's last writings, and was published in 50 copies in the year of her death, 1985. The poem sequence reflects on the legendary origins of the poet's name. Born from the union of Leda and a swan whose form the God Zeus had assumed, Leda's daughter was Helen of Troy. In this book three new illustrations by Vanya Lowry originally intended for the Griffin edition have been added, and a new cover incorporating the image of a sprig of cypress picked by Helen Shaw from the garden of Katherine Mansfield's villa in Menton, France, and sent to her friend Riemke Ensing in New Zealand.

This edition is redesigned, printed and bound by Alan Loney. The title-page, contents page, and the poems are printed from 12pt Monotype Garamond found standing at the Griffin Press. The rest of the type, 10pt Granjon, is set Linotype by John Denny at Puriri Press, Auckland. Paper is Mohawk Superfine, with endpapers and cover papers Canson MiTeintes, and the binding quarter cloth with paper-covered boards. Illustrations are printed from zinc blocks from the Griffin Press, and the new illustrations plus the cover figure are from photopolymer plates made by Andrew Fell. Format: 160x105mm, 23 pages. Edition: 75 hand-numbered copies.


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