NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : When the Town of Chilmark on the Island
of Martha's Vineyard, turned 300 years old, the Chilmark Cultural
Council asked poet and stone mason John Maloney to
write a poem cycle to mark the occasion.
John's response was this collection of
eight poems, portions of which were set to music and
performed at the town's anniversary events.
We wanted this book to reflect
both the formality of the ceremonial poetry and the antiquity
of the town. The choice of a traditional typeface
and historical ornaments was deliberate, evoking period typography.
The French craft-paper wrappers, printed with blue and red
linotype ornaments, are consciously reminiscent of the lining
one might find in an old whaling-captain's chest.
Town of Chilmark
was set in Linotype Caslon Old Face and printed on a hand-fed
cylinder press. The text is acid-free Mohawk Superfine.
The edition is limited to 100 copies, numbered and signed
by the author.