Albert, Ernest and the Titanic

Edition of 36, 1 available, €4000.00
Jamie Murphy, 2012

Foreword: Colm Tóibín


Illustrations: 40 linocuts each measuring 230mm x 230mm.


Type: Hand set in newly cast Garamond (Hand & Eye, London), Grotesque light and Grot no. 8 (Stephenson & Blake, early 20th century).


Paper: Zerkall 902R 225gsm mouldmade, deckled edge.


Inks: Rubber based black, process blue and ‘Titanic Coal Ink’ (made from coal recovered from the wreck site).


Binding: Exposed glueless bind, hand bound in hard case, blind embossed with tipped in title and a protective slipcase. Binding by Tom Duffy, The Five Lamps, Dublin.


Presses: Printed on a 1960s ADWEST double crown proofing press and a Furnival 19th century treadle platen.


Measurements: 380mm x 315mm x 60mm


Edition: 36 copies, 6 for private distribution, 3 available. All copies editioned and signed by both the artist and Colm Toibin.


The book has been letterpress printed at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin, Ireland. All the text has been set by hand. The book runs to 176 pages with 40 linocut illustrations. A unique adhesive-less binding has been designed for the book and it has been hand bound in a limited edition of 36 copies.


One very special component is the ink that has been used in the book. It has been specially produced from coal recovered from the wreck site of Titanic on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In that way a little part of the Titanic is contained in each book.


Irish author Colm Tóibín writes in his beautiful and insightful foreword for the book: “As we mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are reminded of the amazing gallery of prose and poetry prompted by the events of 1912. However, as well as the passengers, we cannot forget the skilled craftsmen who worked on the ship.”