There will be few people who do not feel in some way moved, emotionally involved even, when mention is made of The Children’s Crusade. Keith Bayliss has made large woodcut images of the children in progress through the book — as they did through Europe towards Jerusalem.

At intervals in the progress the text, in Malcolm Parr’s vivid translation, gives moving insight into the huge story — by focussing on a number of individuals, who speak to us direct . . . Pope Innocent III, a Goliard, little Allys, a leper. Even the binding plays its part in the ‘production’.

A simple modification to the normal slipcase design gives rise to a movingly dramatic effect. Based on the historical incident of the thirteenth century, this hauntingly original symbolist tale is testimony to the powerful imagination and sensitivity to human suffering of Marcel Schwob (I867-I905), essayist, critic and a man of immense linguistic and scholarly accomplishments. His knowledge of literature, especially English and German besides French, was wide and deep. Among his friends and contemporary admirers were Anatole France, George Meredith and Robert Louis Stevenson.

White Voices was published in 2001 by Old Stile Press.
200 copies were printed of the Main Edition and copies are available to buy at £250 each direct from them.
56 pp. 240 x 350mm. ISBN: 978-0-907664-57-4.
Special Editions are not available.

Poliphilus type, with Blado. Printed on Fabriano Rosaspina paper in two different black inks. The woodcut blocks throughout were printed from the wood. Cased binding covered all over with natural canvas — printed with woodcut images by the artist. Spine lettering and images blocked in black. The slipcase is covered with blue cloth, printed with woodcut images, and its shape has been modified to create an emotionally charged effect on withdrawing the book.

Posted by:Keith Bayliss