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Familiar from Jack and the Beanstalk, this phrase has a long history.  In 1596, Thomas Nashe wrote that the debate as to its origin was a silly pedantic exercise! (Have With You To Saffron Walden).  It may have originated as a magic chant to be used when seeking that which is lost.

This is the basis for my poem.  Inserted in a leporello, an appropriate form for depicting any journey, it is illustrated with a punched pattern.  The  holes may (or may not!) suggest relevant things.  You might find two mirrored heads, a pair of splayed hands and an indication of the journey's end.  There is text hidden on an obverse page, too.

The cover also reflects the 'search' theme, with its Holmes-style magnifying glass embedded in boards covered in fabric that has trail-like patterns across it.

The poem is a riddle, full of possibly meaningful nonsense.

[Click here for the text and a short analysis].

 

The book is palm-sized and I have produced

an edition of 8. The price reflects the hours

of work required to print it letter-press and to create the illustrations with a hand-held punch and hammer!

A miniature leporello with hidden secrets

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£25 each plus post & packing