I’m simmering about something I’ve never done before – a one-off. Not a one-off binding, I do them all the time, but a unique work – one copy only. I got one of those notions that come just before you drop off to sleep. The phrase “had I but known” flitted through my head, and the next day I googled it. I got a lot of information on the history of detective stories in general and Mary Roberts Reinhardt in particular, and I remembered Ogden Nash’s poem about the subject:
“Sometimes it is the Had I But Known what grim secret lurked behind that smiling exterior I would never have set foot within the door,
Sometimes the Had I But Known then what I know now I could have saved at least three lives by revealing to the Inspector the conversation I heard through that fortuitous hole in the floor.”
I thought a collection of actual occurrences of HIBK might be fun. And then I got ambitious. I started thinking of ways to present the quotations in a way that would illustrate them, and I think I may be on the verge of my first attempt at an artist’s book. I won’t be surprised, though, if it turns out to be just the next book. But you never know. . .