Company of Swans

Crumley, Jim


Jim Crumley watches year in, year out, as a pair of mute swans struggle against the odds to sustain their life on a patch of loch. Crumley’s text is accompanied by wood engravings from Harry Brockway.

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This beautiful record, on fine paper, is Crumley’s homage to these noble creatures, but it is also an elegy, a love song to one swan whose silent tragedy he watched from one season to the next.

‘A small mound on white feathers lies on a tussock of grass made grey by a Highland winter. It is all the monument there will ever be to the life of a swan.’

With these words, and those that follow, Jim Crumley has ensured that there will be a more enduring witness to the life of this swan, and of all swans, than that pyre of white feathers.

Crumley watches, year in year out, as a pair of mute swans struggles, against the odds, to raise young on a wild patch of lock. But the pen starts to lose her eggs to predators; and the cob begins to disappear for longer and longer periods. Until comes the day when a third swan, stronger and younger than the first pen, appears at the other end of the loch.

This journal of a swan-watcher, as he calls himself, is an elegy to these noble creatures; and most poignantly it is a memorial to one swan, whose silent drama he has recorded.

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Weight 710 g
Dimensions 200 × 130 × 5 mm










598.418 (edition:23)


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