In Nomine Domini (B21)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

In Nomine Domini

Made in

London

Date

1974

Materials and techniques

Paper, book , board.
Designed and printed by Ian Mortimer on Arches Chiffon blanc mould-made paper in Caslon Old Face type. Text printed on an Albion hand press; etchings printed on a copper plate press by the artist.

Dimensions

length (box):  58.6cm
width:  40.7cm

Object number

B21

Category

  • In Nomine Domini, Ian Mortimer, 1974, Crafts Council Collection: B21. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • In Nomine Domini, Ian Mortimer, 1974, Crafts Council Collection: B21. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

This was the most ambitious piece of typographic design and printing produced to date by the Press. The intention was that the texts should be austerely and simply printed, so as to be easily read but nevertheless self-effacing in relation to the prints, showing them off to the full. The colophon printed on the last sheet of the portfolio shows the Press's device used for the first time. It is a wood-engraving by Ian Mortimer and is a visual image based on his name: "mort", death; "mer", sea. The use of visual puns and the like was common practice among earlier printers, when devising their press-marks.