Books

All books are available to order direct and are letterpress unless stated otherwise. 2013 prices.

About the letterpress books:  ‘Such a marriage of the cerebral and the practical in the composition and production of books is a rare thing today.’ Dr Chris Ridgway. ‘An entirely new kind of literary medium as much visual as verbal and each sparks off the other continuously in quite the most delicious manner. These books strike me as the most intelligent, aesthetically attractive and without doubt at all, the most original I have ever examined.’ Lionel Miskin.

 

LATEST BOOKS

THE ONLY NON-SLIP DODO MAT IN THE WORLD (A paperback edition at £10 is available only from Falmouth Art Gallery). Hardback edition of 50, not letterpress, 2013. £75.

SIX FEET TO INFINITY. Photographs taken by Andrew Lanyon in the 60s and 70s. Hardback, not letterpress, 2012. £65.

VON RIBBENTROP IN ST. IVES  (Published by Kestle Barton) Two dozen left. Paperback, not letterpress, 2011. £35.

THE DAUGHTERS OF RADON  Edition of 200. Hardback, not letterpress, 2011. £50.

BIFURCATED THOUGHT Not letterpress. £15.

 

ROWLEY BOOKS

In order of appearance. All are complete in their own right. No-one has ever been able to discern a sequence. All are letterpress, casebound, thread-sewn, in a slip case with tipped in colour plates. A set of all these Rowley books including a photocopy of the out of print ‘Deadpan’, £1,300. Some books have faint mottling on cover but otherwise good and guaranteed complete plates.

SECOND NATURE   ‘Lanyon belongs to the genus of Hamlets who clown, church organists who prefer pub pianos and poets who tap dance.’ Anna Adams. Apollo.  £295.

THE LOOSE CONNECTION  ‘Ingenious, funny, entirely constructive too given the chaos theory.’ George Melly. ‘The world would be the poorer without the revelations that a book like this provides.’ Sir Alan Bowness.  £220.

THE UNJUSTIFIED TEXT  ‘A bargain.’ Christopher Logue. ‘A beautiful, intelligent and provocative volume.’ Dan Rose, Word and Image Journal. ‘An exciting, incorruptible vision defended by a great talent.’ Derrek Hines.  £175.

THE QUICK CHANGE ACT  ‘Tears of laughter stream down my face…reading these books can cause untold damage to a carefully crafted face.’ Mo Enright. ‘Pure pleasure’. Ken Mellon. ‘The speed of delivery is breathtaking. Very, very clever indeed. A stunning simplicity and directness. The idea of all these cloned artists gives me a most satisfying hysteria.’ Lionel Miskin.  £175.

ROOM TO MANOEUVRE ‘Deftly using Vera Rowley as a literary conceit, Lanyon’s “Room to  Manoeuvre” is a profound work of fiction-philosophy-psychology rendered into his unique idiom.’ Christopher Bollas. ‘A major work.’ Simon Frazer. ‘One of the most satisfying objects and effective obliterators of ennui ever fabricated.’ Peter Blegvad. ‘The book blurs the boundaries between philosophy and psychology, between linguistics and logistics, between poetry and hilarity. Each new thought comes embodied in its own drama from a gentle reverie on the way children bring the house into the garden and vice versa to a superbly comic turn placing the origins of language in the excuses of male hunters when they failed to bring home the bison.’ Jane Addams Allen. ‘A distinctive achievement.’ Phil Bowen.  £175.

DYING FOR ETERNITY  ‘Magnificent.’ Patrick Hughes. ‘The book: a glitter to “nd at every reading.’ Jennifer Martyn. ‘You do not open such a book so much as step inside.’ Des Hannigan. ‘Incandescent.’ Simon Frazer. ‘Lanyon at his unmissable best.’ Derrek Hines. ‘So much for science.’ Anton Nickson.  £120.

A PERSISTENCE OF VISIONS  ‘The humour is as fresh as ever and always masks serious intent. Lanyon invariably fits his own definition “…poets are guardians of the groundless, last bastions for phantoms…” and at his best achieves its conclusion “…striving to touch the immaterial lightly with their lips, they sear the sea.” John McDowall. ‘I have sometimes wondered if Vera Rowley might have been up at Cambridge during Wittgenstein’s era – though her joyful detachment seems to have more in common with the great mystics – in spite of her ploys to dispel any aura of spirituality. A marvellous book.’ Jennifer Martyn. ‘I rarely have time for reading. But when I began idly looking through your ‘Persistence of Visions’ I was at once gripped and read it avidly with growing delight and sensations of inspiration.’ John Michell.  £100.

THE TOWER OF SILENCE  ‘A mature essay on language.’ Rodney Burt. ‘It made me laugh out loud, and rather raucously, so I was glad I wasn’t on a train.’ Roz Chandler.  £90.

A NOVEL SOLUTION ‘Intriguing background details to life at Rowley Hall. The art of camouflage refined to the nearest degree. Another essential piece in the jigsaw.’ Jennifer Martyn.  £90.

THE PALETTE AND THE RETORT  In which words and images fall for each other. A possible solution to the ongoing Rowley saga. £90.

VERA’S DISAPPEARANCE   Letterpress, hardback, 100 edition.  £75.

 

OTHER BOOKS

THE VEGETABLE PLOT  ‘One to think about as you weed your veg.’ Esmé Maylam. Not letterpress. £45

COUNTERART  ‘Innocuous yet so subversive. Very witty.’ Paul Newman. Not letterpress.  £30.

ANTI-LIT ‘I have giggled my way through ‘Anti-Lit’ several times.’ Peter Dallas Ross.  Not letterpress. £30.

A CARBON COPY  Not letterpress. £35.

NAPOLEON by Dave Scott about Bonaparte. ‘The robustly bouncing verse cuts the subject nicely down to size.’ Paul Spooner. £40.

VERTIGO  Christiane Kupke’s poems illustrated with A. Lanyon’s photographs. ‘Far above what one tends to find in poetry elsewhere.’ W. G. Sebald.  £40.

XAN XI DRINKS THE SEA  Paul Spooner’s incomparable working models. ‘Hybrid myth/models that transgress the rules of day to day sense.’ Dave Scott.  £45.

ABANDONED FILLING STATION Keith Spurgin’s nostalgia for motoring ‘fills me with desire to jettison my carless lifestyle, put on a pair of driving gloves and go flirt wildly with a pump attendant.’ Christiane Kupke.  £40.

LET’S PLAY DOCTORS  ‘I carry it with me always.’ Dr. M. Chaikin.  £35

LET’S PLAY TALKING  ‘Don’t believe a word of it.’ Rosa Levin. £35.

LET’S PLAY ANIMAL TRAINING ‘Another gem from the Sam/Rosa stable.’ Simon Frazer. £35.

LET’S PLAY HOW AND WHY with Sam and Rosa. 150 edition, folded, sewn.  £35.

PETER LANYON. THE CUTTINGS  Presenting the idea that this painter was driven by narrative as much as by images.  £450.

PETER LANYON. ST. IVES £850.

 

BOOKS BY OTHER PUBLISHERS

A FAIRY FIND (Portobello Books) Clothbound, full colour hardback. £12.99. Newspaper reviews: ‘Buy it or the fairies will get you.’ ‘A droll charming meditation on the power of the imagination.’ ‘A powerful, disorientating, idiosyncratic book.’

CIRCULAR WALKS AROUND ROWLEY HALL (Atlas Press) £18. Winner of Cornish Gorseth Adult Fiction Award. This is a selection from the first twelve Rowley books. ‘Inspiring, inventive, irreverent.’ ‘A literal visualisation of a joyous creativity is brought into being – a tour de force.’ ‘The iconoclastic insights and sparkling invention made me frequently laugh out loud with delight.’ Alison Oldham, Hampstead and Highgate Express.

 

TO ORDER

Send cheques to Andrew Lanyon, Sunnyside, Fore Street, Porthleven, Cornwall TR13 9HH

Phone 0774 8465 020.

Prices include postage. Abroad sterling. Please include your name and address!

THE BOOKARTBOOKSHOP, 17 PITFIELD STREET, LONDON N1 6BH stock many of these books. Website (Ring first: 020 7608 1333)

thebookspace, 4 Coinage Ope, Coinagehall Street, Helston TR13 8EB.  Tel: 01326 564459. Email: info@thebookspace.co.uk    They also have a generous selection of these books.