The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
Bound in 2021
Russell Maret 2000
Illustrated with four monoprints by Lou Hicks
Letterpress printed by Russell Maret
Unique copy of an edition of 30
361 x 224 x 13 mm
Full leather binding in debossed and hand coloured fair calfskin. Scattered gold leaf. Ultra flatback. Monoprinted endpapers
with red leather joint to panel doublures. The edges of boards are covered in red goatskin. The binding is housed in
a red cloth-covered Solander box with the gold title on the spine.
It is a diary of Vibia Perpetua describing her imprisonment as a Christian in the year 202 or 203 prior to her martyrdom
and it is one of the oldest and most notable early Christian texts. Inspired by the multiple run monoprints by Lou Hicks,
the design explores the theme of passion, faith and sacrifice in the face of death. The etching plate was created by digitally
layering and treating four monoprints from the book. The leather has been blind debossed multiple times then hand coloured
using printer's relief ink. 25 medium deep gold leaves have been 'scattered' on the surface.
Private Collection, UK