Seventeen loose double leaves folded into a wrapper with title in black letterpress over a yellow ochre textured background relief-printed by NdA from a deep-etched plate. Held in drop-back box with quarter leather spine and Ivory Vellum cover, deeply embossed from etched plates. Sixteen etchings by NdA printed by the viscosity method (several colours from one plate). Hand-set text in Monotype 18pt Garamond, printed by NdA on Barcham Green mould-made paper on an ancient Lion hand press at the World's End Press, London. Blind-embossed logo of the World's End Press printed on the Colophon's facing page.
A paperback colour facsimile of the above limited edition was published in 1984. A small number of copies of this version, without illustrations apart from a black and white frontispiece, were translated into Russian and distributed free of charge in Russia at my father's request.
Stanbrook Abbey Press, Worcestershire, published a separate edition in 1974, consisting of 20 broadsides held in a box. The extracts of text were printed by Dame Hildelith Cumming, the etchings printed by myself above the text.
An edited version of the original 1951 Philosophical Library edition was published in 2002 (NdA Press).
More details of the trade editions on this page
Plate XIII Deep etching & aquatint.
Victoria & Albert
Museum, National Art Library
Plate VI Deep etching and aquatint.
Do not blame
your brother for an unloving action.
The author of The Word Accomplished was my father, Alexander d'Arbeloff, under the pseudonym A.B.Christopher. While his life was filled with many achievements in various fields, this unsung book was the closest to his heart. Those who have discovered it have felt the same.
Copyright © Natalie d'Arbeloff and A.B.Christopher 1974