A Cornucopia

is a cornucopia of literary and artistic delights from the pen, brush, and chisel of the author. Mine is the 1955 first edition of J. M. Dent protected by a somewhat worn jacket.

The embossed designs on the front board and the spine are therefore as fresh as they were 64 years ago.

Gibbings earned his living as a highly skilled and sought after wood engraver. This book tells of a trip to Paris and to Positano following his desire for colour and brushes as a break from the black and white bread and butter work. The writer’s memoirs are peppered with fascinating anecdotes from his own encounters and from tales of other artists. The history and geography of his subjects are presented with deceptive ease.

The book contains eight colour plates, one of which is repeated on the jacket above.

There are also forty examples of Gibbings’s wood engravings. These scans of sample pages offer the reader tastes of his elegantly simple prose; the last image above containing one of his many entertaining and informative insights into the art world.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s powerful smoked haddock, creamy mashed potato, piquant cauliflower cheese, crisp carrots, tender runner beans and cabbage, followed by ginger ice cream and lemon drizzle cake.


  1. Thanks for sharing this book sampling – I bookmarked this post and plan to come back and read a few of those pages later this weekend

  2. Nicely done connecting the hat full of fruit with a cornucopia of artistic merit and delights!

    Trusting your recovery is gaining momentum, despite the weather. πŸ™‚

  3. Looks like a wonderful read and the artwork is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us! πŸ™‚
    How are you feeling today, Derrick?
    More prayers and (((HUGS)))
    PS…”The eye of winter had begun to wink a bit earlier in the mornings…”
    “Scarce as second-hand coffins…”
    What great opening lines! πŸ™‚
    PPS or PSS…Lemon drizzle cake sounds heavenly!

  4. Enjoying your literary posts Derrick, yet hitting a hurdle with my local library in obtaining a copy, a number seem to only be located in universities and not open to the general public without a fee, which I don’t mind, not to worry as many off my other requests seem to be only obtained from state archives especially manuscripts, keep sharing mate as I enjoy the adventure.

  5. Jackie’s recipe at the end of this post is incredible!
    What a delicious delight a meal with foods called “piquant” and “drizzle” must be!

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