The Wairau Catastrophe: A Fine Edition

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An Opportunity to Participate in the Making of an Historic Book.

James Mackay was a Government Land Agent in Nelson/Marlborough in the 1850s and 60s. In 1902, he wrote a long letter to Maui Pomare, giving an account of the history of the tribes of the north of the South Island and the events leading up to what he called the Wairau Catastrophe. His enlightened view of the event is fascinating. The letter has never been published.

This important document will be the first major edition of the WCBA. The centre invites interested persons to participate in the making of a fine letterpress edition of this historic document.

Stage 1: Casting of over 40kg of new type, Arrighi 16 on 18pt. Arrighi (Centaur Italic) is one of the most beautiful Italic faces. Completed.

Stage 2: Trial page and review of spacing and type. Some sorts (type) recast on narrower bodies to allow better kerning. Completed.

Stage 3: Text Composition of approx. 20 pages by members of the museum. Composition class scheduled.

Stage 4: Printing of the Text. Vandercook class scheduled

Stage 5: Binding. Edition binding workshop scheduled

Please let us know if you would like to be part of this historic project. We have scheduled classes to teach the required skills if you don't already have them. You can do as much or as little as you like. The minimum would require a couple of evenings.

Venue: WCBA, 262 Thorndon Quay
Time: evenings in the first half of 2020 or to suit.
Cost: free but we do give preference to members of the museum (only $40 per annum) see
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