on 1 December 2014
I just took delivery of the new edition of 'The Year's at The Spring' and although it's a nicely put together book, it makes the fatal mistake of changing the format from rectangular to square, meaning that the very fine full-page Harry Clarke illustrations are brutally cropped to fit the new layout. On top if this, it does not feature the full set of illustrations (or poems) the most obvious omission being ‘The Dying Patriot’ and it’s B&W illustration. Given that most people who buy this book will do so for the Clarke illustrations, and that Calla Editions have issued facsimile editions of many books illustrated by Clarke for just this reason, this seems to be a very short sighted approach.
on 24 October 2013
Gill & MacMillan have really done themselves proud with this fabulous little book of poetry illustrated by the brilliant Harry Clarke. This is not a facsimile, there are some new poems, other poems have been left out. Those included are well worth having in this edition. The illustrations are breath-taking and as most of the Harry Clarke illustrated books are somewhat larger it is marvellous to see a new smaller edition for a change. The original version of this book is called 'Years At The Spring: An Anthology of Recent Poetry' (1920) and of course, this one is 'Years At The Spring: An Anthology of Best-Loved Poems,' a new version, not a facsimile edition, but what a terrific new version it is. If you are lucky to have the original you will see how well they complement each other. Brilliant work Gill and MacMillan! This book is a must have for Harry Clarke fans, as well as lovers of excellent poetry.