Holy Rood

Produced in a limited edition of twenty-five copies, Holy Rood is Robert Crawford’s verse translation of the untitled Old English poem usually called by scholars ‘The Dream of the Rood’. The translation and introduction are published in a boxed set featuring seven hand-printed, signed and numbered original black and white photographs by Norman McBeath.

‘Though it begins arrestingly with the voice of a dreamer, much of the poem is spoken by the tree that was felled to make the cross on which Christ was crucified. With its troubled, wounded, talking tree, this is a poem of God’s suffering creation, of longing, of the natural world, and, ultimately, of celestial hope. Linked alike to Scotland’s Ruthwell Cross and Holyrood, to Old English literature, and to international Christendom, the medieval original is one of the world’s greatest visionary poems. This twenty-first-century Holy Rood is at once majestic and resonant, its poetic power counterpointed with striking images from an outstanding contemporary photographer.’ Robert Crawford

Published by
Easel Press, 2017
20 loose leaf
420 × 297mm
Printed on
Hahnemühle matt fine art photo rag 308 gsm
Edition of
Designed and set by Robert Dalrymple in Henrik Kubel’s Antwerp typeface
Presented in
Black buckram archival solander box with silver gilt title
Colophon signed by poet and artist
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