Taken in Langholm in 1970, this photograph shows the happy relationship between poet, publishers and printer. From left: Irmi Mardersteig, Colin Hamilton, Valda Grieve, Hans Mardersteig, Christopher Grieve, Kulgin Duval, David Wright and his wife.
Dr Hans Mardersteig was Kulgin Duval and Colin Hamilton's favoured printer.
He was the founder and owner of the Officina Bodoni Press in Verona, one of the finest private presses in Europe.
According to Colin, Hans Mardersteig 'was the most wonderful printer to work with — every aspect of the book received careful consideration. The purpose of any of his books was to produce the text in the best form, which to him meant simplicity. His books are notable for the severity, or perhaps serenity, of the page with its immaculate impression, usually in a typeface of his own design.'
After Hans Mardersteig's death in 1973, his son Martino continued to run the press with his wife, Gabriella. They too worked with Kulgin and Colin.