A Tale of the Swan Knight

The text of the book was written by Constance Maud, who was an 'Author Member' of the Suffragette movement. She wrote a number of books taken from the tales that are in the operas written by Wagner. The text for this edition of Lohengrin is taken from her Wagner's Heroes.

50 copies of the book will be created by hand, 5 will be special copies, 3 of which will be for sale.

6 wonderful wood engravings will be carved by Jenny Portlock.

The 5 specials will be bound in full pale blue tooled leather, specially made marbled papers will adorn the inner boards and will form part of the end papers. Included are copies of each engraving printed on Amalfi handmade paper.  These will be housed in a solander box. pre-publication £450 thereafter £550 

All the special copies have now been sold.

The 45 ordinary copies will be quarter bound in blue leather with blue laid paper on the  boards, if you would like to order a copy now the pre-publication price will be £195 thereafter £245

The text will be hand set in 14pt Monotype Octavian, two cases of which were supplied by the Letter Kunde Press. All the printing will be done using the Albion press.

More images and information will be added as the project progresses.

Jenny Portlock

A prospectus will be sent out shortly. If you would like a copy, please drop me an email with your details.

The first three blocks have arrived the the Press, this is the initial letter E for Elsa of Brabant.


Jenny Portlock
Jenny is an experienced wood engraver and is an elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers. She has exhibited her engravings widely both in the UK and across Europe. She has agreed to work with The Tudor Black Press in designing and cutting six original wood engravings for the new printing of Constance Maud’s rendering of Lohengrin. They are of a wonderful unique style from Jenny and are most befitting of the book.