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Relics Relics


A Richardson & R Skelton

148 x 210mm

Date of publication: September 2013

Production Details:

230gsm uncoated cover
120gsm uncoated interior
Edition of 100

A further installment in a series of works which began with Wolf Notes (2011), concerning the upland environment around Devoke Water in south-west Cumbria, UK.

In the 1960s, samples from Devoke Water were taken and the embedded pollen grains were analysed, uncovering a fascinating narrative of plant succession over several millennia. Eleven tree genera were identified in a paper published by Winifred Pennington.

The material presented in Relics is a form of salvage; a dredging of the linguistic record for traces of these lost genera. Each of the eleven trees is visually represented by a trunk cross-section: the innermost ring comprising its earliest linguistic form and the outermost its modern-day equivalent.

Out of print.

Relics is now reprinted in the anthology Memorious Earth.