Dublin: The Salvage Press, 2013. Large slim folio, original orange cloth over ivory paper boards lettered in silver, orange endpapers, original orange cloth slipcase. Printed on Zerkall mould-made paper, bound by Tom Duffy at his workshop at Dublin’s Five Lamps.
First edition of this exuberant modern artist’s book, the first production of The Salvage Press, number 53 of 100 clothbound copies, out of a total print run of 120. A typographic tribute to James Joyce’s everyman Leopold Bloom, The Works of Master Poldy was designed by letterpress printer Jamie Murphy in collaboration with Stephen Cole of the LiberateUlysses project. The Works of Master Poldy takes as its point of departure the words of Molly Bloom, sleepily musing about her husband at bedtime: “well hes beyond everything I declare somebody ought to put him in the budget if I only could remember the half of the things and write a book out of it the works of Master Poldy yes.” Here is that book, “as compiled by Molly Bloom,” a series of twelve brilliantly colored letterpress dispatches from Leopold Bloom’s day, each paired with a longer passage from his running interior monologue: “All souls’ day. Say Robinson Crusoe was true to life. Well then Friday buried him. Every Friday buries a Thursday if you come to look at it.” A fine copy, in fine slipcase, of a compelling tribute to Joyce's Ulyssean hero.