Guilford, Surrey. 1986. 11 x 15. 35, (1) pages, French-fold, in eleven fascicles, illustrated throughout. There are ten luminous silkscreened hand-cut moveable puppets. Loose in printed wrappers, in red cloth portfolio which is printed on spine and on upper cover; inserted in a blue & white striped cloth slipcase with a cutout revealing the title. Fine with an elaborate prospectus. Item #18393
The Magnum Opus of the Press, this is a new version of the comical tragedy of Punch and Judy, written by Roy Fisher. It has a Prologue and an Epilogue, and 6 scenes with hand-written on-stage directions & off-stage commentaries. Printed silkscreen and letterpress in colors throughout, on 300 gsm rag Somerset paper. The 12 moveable puppet designs required 120 press runs. They are held to the page by metal paper clasps. No. 17 of 80 copies signed by Fisher and King.
"The Punch is my favourite of all the books I've done; it holds together better than Anansi and has more dimensions. Punch's moveable puppets, on-stage descriptions, the large chunks of the original Cruikshank version of the text, and the drawn Victorian tableaux scenes (spoofs of famous drawings and paintings) all fit together easily, and the photo montages and collages are relieved by the inclusion of the poet's (Roy's) handwriting to strong effect" (Ronald King).