An Almost-Gone Radiance Autumn Richardson
ISBN 978-0-9934310-7-4

‘There is language here older
than human thought.’

Over the course of six years, Autumn Richardson has written a singularly powerful poetic sequence of great bravery and beauty, dealing as it does with the elemental questions of existence: hunger, nourishment, necessity, sacrifice. Here, within the wilderness landscapes of alpine mountains, boreal forests and limestone plateaus, where the commonplace comforts are absent, there is only the warmth of a carefully tended fire, ‘a spark beneath vastness’, and all thoughts turn to the incredible brightness of even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant life.

In each spare line, as lean as the coyote that visits her in the night, the weight of each word is carefully considered, and the question asked – as in all meaningful journeys – shall I bring this with me? Can I afford to carry it? And so this is a sequence of sheddings – of old skins, personas, thoughts – a stripping down to the elemental, so that transformations can arise. An Almost-Gone Radiance is a vital statement of personal and esoteric philosophy for those looking for the all-but-vanished traces of wisdom, burning on the fires of our civilisation’s ruins…

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‘It is as if Autumn Richardson has learned the secret incantations of ancient and elemental things, understood the languages used by wood, stone, fire. This is a spell-book drawn from the most primeval sources. Our own transient humanity is placed in a vaster context, yet through her words we also feel drawn closer to the stark, strange truths of our dark and beautiful world.’ (Mark Valentine)


 

An Almost-Gone Radiance is the second volume in the new Corbel Stone Press hardcover series, following The Look Away published in January 2018. The uncoated cover stock is a rich mahogany in colour, and features a sigil of Autumn’s design impressed on the book’s front in bronze foil. It is published in an edition of just 144 exemplars.

STANDARD EDITION

› Thread-sewn 88-page hardcover
› Mahogany cover stock
› Bronze foil sigil on cover
› Pale gold endpapers
› Gold head and tail bands
› Tipped-in prelim image
› Signed & numbered

Published in 144 Exemplars

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‘With a voice that is at once meticulous and fearless, engendering both a detailed and expansive focus, her work combines intimately personal sensory perceptions with the experience of vast ranges of geological time and space, the crossing from human identity to a trans-human world-identity.’ (John Steffler)

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As has become a tradition over the past half-decade and more, a Special Edition of An Almost-Gone Radiance has been carefully curated which combines many unique, rare and handmade elements. The Special Edition of the book itself uses an elegant graphite cover stock and features a different cover sigil from the Standard Edition. The book is then wrapped in cream muslin and housed in a beautiful wooden box along with the following four items created to honour the four elements:

› an apothecary bottle of unique, hand-mixed incense - representing the element of fire
› an apothecary bottle housing a collection of natural ephemera - representing the element of water
› an apothecary bottle half-filled with sea salt upon which is placed a semi-precious stone - representing the element of earth
› a unique hand-sewn feather-card - representing the element of air

The items are also individually wrapped in cream muslin, and accompanied by a selection of printed matter, including a unique poem fragment, a sigil card, and an individually numbered and signed Impressum card.

SPECIAL EDITION

› Thread-sewn 88-page hardcover
› Graphite cover stock
› Bronze foil sigil on cover
› Pale gold endpapers
› Gold head and tail bands
› Unique tipped-in prelim image
› Signed and numbered

Additionally:

A wooden presentation box containing:

› Three glass apothecarial phials
› A 'feather' card
› A sigil card
› A unique poem card
› An Impressum card


Produced in 8 Exemplars

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£125 + p&p.

 

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