A Mealtime Blessing

By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 1995. Unstated limited edition.

1.5 x 8.5" closed, extends to 11 x 8.5"; 7 double sided panels. Slips into letterpress printed sleeve. Printed on a Vandercook SP15 from photoengraved plates. Hand-sewn binding based on palm leaf book structures found throughout Central and Southern Asia which date from ca. 450 A.D. Artwork by Jennifer Kennard.

Originally A Mealtime Blessing was produced with wooden boards and housed in a wooden box.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "I learned this mealtime grace when my children and I were visiting my dear friend Jill Littlewood who learned it from a friend of hers. The blessing concludes with a squeeze of hands that travels round the table from one person to the next. This book is meant to be like that pressing of palms: acknowledging with gratefulness family, friends and the bounties which some of us are so fortunate to receive."