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Handbound, very limited, signed edition of Black Apples of Gower


This limited edition of Black Apples of Gower is a hand-bound, signed and numbered (of thirteen) hardback, with a quote from Gwyneth Lewis on the title page, hand-written by Iain Sinclair.

The print by Ceri Richards, whose work appears throughout the book, is unique, and is studio stamped.

Author: Iain Sinclair 

Special limited, numbered signed and hand-bound edition. See below.

Artist: Ceri Richards

Limited Edition Print


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…luxuriant prose, has a dark, ascorbic bite, lingering on the tongue just as surely as it does in the mind.” JON GOWER Caught by the River

IAIN SINCLAIR walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth. Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards in the 1950s, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, ‘murky elsewheres’ of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of black-and-white photographs and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here, amongst the wave-cut limestone, the car parks and the Gower bungalows.

But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas. Under cliff, along limestone shores, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest must be to the Paviland Cave, where in 1823 the Reverend William Buckland found human bones put to ground 36,000 years ago. All the threads of this story lead underground, through this potent and still mysterious cavern, to the site of the first recorded ritual burial in these islands.


176 x 128mm  special limited edition hardback, 13 hand bound copies signed and numbered.
184 pages printed on Munken papers  illustrated in colour throughout.

ISBN 978-1-908213-28-0

Additional information

Weight306 g
Dimensions135 × 23 × 185 mm


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