1974. Edition of 75 with 5 Artist's Proofs
35 X 25 X 6.5cm.

Sixteen edited extracts from the book by A.B.Christopher, first published in 1951 (Philosophical Library, New York). This limited edition was edited, designed, illustrated with etchings and hand-printed by Natalie d'Arbeloff.

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

Orange & yellow etching, 'Understand My Silent Signs'

Plate XIII Deep etching & aquatint.



Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library
National Library of Australia
Biblioteca Nazionale, Rome
Museum of the Book, The Hague
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto
Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection,
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Bridwell Library, Dallas, Texas
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center,
Austin, Texas
University of North Texas Library
Stanford University, Stanford, California
Tutt Library, Colorado College
Butler Library, Columbia University, New York
Kohler Library, Madison, Wisconsin
Spencer Collection, New York Public Library
Mugar Library, Boston University
Margaret Clapp Library, Wellesley College
Houghton Library, Harvard
Newberry Library, Chicago
Firestone Library, Princeton

Arizona State University Libraries

Valparaiso University, Indiana
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta
St. Louis University, St. Louis , Missouri
Morris Library, Southern Illinois University
Wiggins Library, Campbell University, North Carolina
Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis
Franklin D. Schurz Library, Indiana University
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Rolfing Library, Trinity International University, Illinois
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Youngstown State University, Ohio
Duke University Library, Durham, North Carolina
Alden Library, Ohio University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

W.Walsh Family Library, Fordham University, New York
Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania
Reformed Theological Seminary, Oviedo, Florida



Sow deeds of love

Plate VI  Deep etching and aquatint.

Do not blame your brother for an unloving action.
Try to cancel it by performing a loving action in its place.
Do not preach moral priciples: sow only deeds of love.
From there, all the rest will follow as if by enchantment.
Seek no more when love is accomplished, for there is no more to seek.
Go to another place where love is still imprisoned and deliver it to the holder of the key.

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