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In Search of An Insect Alphabet

When we published An Insect Alphabet we made two editions – A Standard Edition of 90 copies and a Special Edition of 10 copies. Both sold out exceptionally quickly.

I was meant to keep a hand-coloured Special Edition for myself, but never did; unfortunately. I did a search for it yesterday and found a copy for sale in Bristol for £175. It seems like a bargain now given the huge amount of care that went into its creation.

An Insect Alphabet - Special Edition - copy for sale

An Insect Alphabet (Special Edition) by Melanie Wickham and David Bailey published by the Avenue Press

For some reason I always loved the earwigs.

An Insect Alphabet (Special Edition) by Melanie Wickham and David Bailey published by the Avenue Press

When I only had ten copies of the Standard Edition left I was approached by a Gallery in Cockermouth. Despite my better judgement I agreed – for the first time ever – to send books on a sale-or-return basis. None of them ever returned, but neither did the money. It still rankles. They could have gone to such better homes.

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