The Solemn League & Covenant (2009). Large broadside (16.75″ x 21.75″). Printed on letter press in hand set type for Westminster Letter Press by Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press on Twinrocker handmade paper. Issued in an edition of no more than one hundred and twenty-five, including twenty-five numbered signed copies (signed by the publisher, typesetter and printer)–Not including author’s copies of 1 signed unnumbered, and 8 unsigned reserved to replace damaged sheets. Offered now exclusively as a sponsorship level for Naphtali Press Special Editions.
Great River Arts notes that “Golgonooza Press is an atelier dedicated to the highest quality letterpress projects, from the design and fabrication of type to the printing of select portfolio projects. Carr and Ferrari have been approached by artists, writers, publishers and poets to realize unique, museum quality print editions and are known throughout the print world as masters in their field.” “Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari are two of the most revered letterpress masters in the field today; their work is in museums, private collections and print collections worldwide.” This project was one of the most technically challenging the pair have had in many years, due to the heavy large sheets, and the publisher’s demand that the ornate paper not be marked by any punctures for registration. Dan and Julia have produced an heirloom quality piece to last generations.
For a number of years, Chris Coldwell has worked on critical texts and transcriptions of the productions of the Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643–1652). Some of his work has appeared in The Confessional Presbyterian journal, of which he is the general editor. The text for this limited printing has been taken from the text as preserved in the “traditional text” of the many printings of the Westminster Standards over the centuries, compared and corrected against the earliest printings of the Covenant published in 1643. Comment on the textual variations that have occurred are printed on the back of the broadside.
During the first bishops’ war as the Covenanters were mustering at Duns, a description has been left of the scene by Robert Baillie in his journals. The historian James King Hewison paraphrases the scene from which the graphical design of the broadside has come: the camp was “filled with pious campaigners and lusty ploughboys, easily distinguished by their blue bonnets (few had iron-sculls), some crooning psalms or saying prayers, or anon dancing at midnight alarms of battle, others cursing, all well fed on wheat, well paid at sixpence daily, all longing for the fray under blue banners blazoned with red lions-rampant breathing the pious motto, ‘For Christ’s Crown and Covenant’” (James King Hewison, The Covenanters: A History of the Church in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution. 2 vols. (London: Morgan and Scott, 1908; 2nd edition, 1913) 1.327). A critically researched text is printed on the front side in two columns, under the title For Christ’s Crown & Covenant, The Solemn League & Covenant, within an ornamental border, flanked by red lions rampant. On the back side comments on the textual issues are printed on a footprint matching the frontside to prevent “show-through” on the front. The text was set by hand in 14 D Dante type with Perpetua Titling and damp printed letterpress on a Vandercook Universal III press by Julia Ferrari from metal types. The hand made paper is Twin Rocker (color May Linen) with a feather deckle edge in a size of approximately 16.75 x 21.75.