Federico García Lorca · Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejías
The finest translation into English by A.L. Lloyd of García Lorca’s renowned and compelling Spanish elegy, written in 1933 in memory of a dear friend, both fellow-poet and bullfighter. Seven oniric semi-figurative, exotically-tinted colour linocuts by Caine, inspired by Moorish architecture, Spanish iconography and Andalusian landscapes. This new in-quarto edition was printed from line-blocks reproducing the original outsize linocuts made by Caine in 1982 for his blockbusting imperial-sized edition (56 × 76 cm) of Lament for Ignacio, his major Degree show work at the London College of Printing.
The poster-size pages still decorate the Dean’s office at the ‘LCC’ and the images formed the centre-piece for a retrospective show of Caine’s work held at the National Theatre London in 1986, Lament : Artist’s books by Michael Caine – parallel to the first performance in the UK of Lorca’s play Yerma.
This edition was handset in Jan Van Krimpen’s 22‑pt Romulus type, 8‑pt Typogravure initials perlé, Augustea inline caps and Manuzio titling.