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Know Thyself

Know Thyself

A publication of Lock's Press, 1989
Text: Samuel Johnson
5 sections, landscape 26.2 x 19.7 cm, slight foxing on front leaf

"Locks’ Press is a unique partnership between two apparently opposite but actually complementary imaginations, one verbal and the other visual. Since Fred and Margaret Lock established their press in 1978, they have pursued a goal which commercial publishers would find incongruous, even absurd: scholarly publishing combined with original illustration. Fred Lock provides linguistic and editorial expertise, while Margaret Lock’s skills are design and artistic ability. In the first twenty-five years of the press, they have published about fifty imprints (books, pamphlets, and broadsides), all showing the intense personal involvement of the proprietors.
Locks’ Press was originally established in Brisbane, Australia, where the Locks resided from 1974 to 1987. Their first book was published there in 1979. By 1987, when they moved to Canada, the Press had produced seven books...
While the choice of texts is idiosyncratic, Margaret Lock’s illustrations and typographic taste are responsible for the distinctive visual character of Locks’ Press books. Most items from the press include her woodcuts. For the more scholarly books, their role is usually minor. In Know Thyself, the only decoration is the title page, with a garden scene to bring to mind a related piece of advice, this time from Candide: “il faut cultiver notre jardin”. Here, the garden of the soul is being swept and watered. The mermaid looking in the mirror symbolizes self-study; the turtle, slow and steady progress."

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