Edward Summerton is a painter who has two books which are refereed to as being for sale Amazon; Delayed by Storm and North of Normal. Delayed by Storm has its words written by Don Paterson, for who little is known. He doesn’t seem to have a biography on Amazon.co.uk.

It is strictly correct that these are the only books found on Amazon.co.uk because Delayed by Storm isn’t currently available. There is no mention of a book published in 1998 called Line Controller. There is a book called Bird of the Devil which was based on altering illustrations from Ladybird books. It is also inspired by characters in the horror film The Wicker Man. An exhibition of the same name took place in Denmark in 2006, which suggests a considerable fan base. This is also not currently found on Amazon, which seems rather a pity.

Born in 1962, Edward Summerton is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy after graduating from Dundee’s very own Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Dundee. He has contributed to Lakeland Walker magazine. A work of his forms part of the Harry and Margery Boswell art collection at the University of St Andrews. It consists of a mother seal feeding a young seal and is entitled Black House to White House. Whether it is typical of his style it is hard to tell given to lack of other pictures available. Presumably like the Royal Academy joining the Scottish Academy involves submitting a piece of work every year and having to deal with constant rejection.

If you have access to AmazonCA, that is Amazon in Canada, you may be able to purchase Guilding the Summer Town which includes also illustrations from Derrick Guild, Mike Windle and Graeme Todd. It was published by the Royal Scottish Academy which suggests that all the contributors are members of that institution. This should be out of the topic range for “Edward Summerton books available on Amazon.co.uk” unfortunately there’s not much to found on the topic really.

As with any rare illustrators and painters (as well as authors) it is hard to pick up books at a cheap rate. It may be advisable to look at places other than Amazon, maybe approaching the original publishers of a book, should they still exist. Or perhaps contact Edward Summerton himself. Still it is always a fascinating process finding a rare book so their value as objects shouldn’t be taken for granted.

It may be a good idea to contact Edward Summerton if you wish to gain more details on his books and other effects as the details are quite sparse at the moment. It may be interesting to work out what North of Normal really means for example. Where does the title come from? Or what exactly are the illustrations in Line Controller, the title doesn’t immediate suggest paintings of maybe animals for instance. So there are far more questions than answers here.