From the Snows to the Seas, by J.G. Lubbock. With four triple fold-out prints by the author. Printed from copper plates worked by etching, aquatint and drilling, in intaglio and relief in a full range of colours with some additional colour added by hand. Super royal 4to, 38cm, 28p, four large folding plates (770mm long!), Distributed by Bertram Rota, Long Acre, London, 1986.
Text set in Palatino. Hand-drawn lettering in blue for the title-page by Will Carter. Number 19 of 95 copies signed by the author / artist and printed in blue and black on Barcham Green paper at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. Blue leather spine with blue silk-covered boards, by George Percival, covers stamped in gold with two of Lubbock's designs in the form of a sequence of waves and a mountain range. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Decorative slipcase. A fine copy.
This is a book whose thoughts and images spring from such varied sources as the Himalayas and the Andes, the islands of the Galapagos and the icebergs of the Antarctic, Joe Lubbock muses on these land and seascapes and their fear on man's intellect and deeper emotions, whilst expressing a fear for man's onslaught on the Earth which is expressed in a single sentence running over nine lines.