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The New Arcadian Journal

“The feisty, visually distinctive and intellectually robust New Arcadian Journal … is refreshingly original” (TLS) as the unique fine press book that combines art and scholarship. The NAJ:-

  • Investigates the cultural politics of historical landscapes through engaging with the vestigial presences of architecture, gardens, monuments, sculpture and inscriptions.
  • Explores the resonance of garden works by contemporary artists such as Derek Jarman and James Pierce, and especially Ian Hamilton Finlay at Little Sparta and elsewhere.
  • Revels in the poetics of place and the breezy terrain of the upland walker.

This website is the most economic place to collect New Arcadian Journals and other publications from the New Arcadian Press:

See Reviews and Bibliography for some of the published appreciations and commentaries.

NAJ 73-74l

Still available / Other publications

  • The Blackamoor & The Georgian Garden: NAJ 69/70. The 18th-century lead garden statue of a kneeling male African supporting a sundial, The Blackamoor a.k.a. The Kneeling Slave, was created when Britain dominated the Atlantic Slave Trade.
  • The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton is featured in NAJ 33/34 and NAJ 61/62. This public garden is the largest (and finest) of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s permanent landscape installations in the UK, outside of Little Sparta. In 2020, it was awarded Grade II* status by Historic England and added to the Register of Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes in England.
  • The Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection: Since 1981 the New Arcadian Press has published many works by or relating to Ian Hamilton Finlay. Many are still available ~ 6 NAJs, 11 Broadsheets, 1 small book and 4 cards ~ as a set (£235, excluding post and packing), or individually.
  • See the 70 Broadsheets (1981-2011) as well as the Books, Cards, Posters and Ephemera.

In Memoriam

Grahame Jones, 1952-2020, Ian Gardner, 1944-2019, Chris Broughton, 1949-2015. 

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