Omaha: Abattoir Editions, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1977. One of 253 copes printed at the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Fine Arts. With engraved title-page vignette and twelve other striking engravings by Barry Moser. Printed from hand-set Bembo type and Moser’s original wood blocks in Gutenberg Laid Paper by Timothy Anderson, Harry Duncan, and Randolph Klauzer. A near fine copy. Gray-and-white coarse cloth over boards with printed red paper label. Red paper slip with title and authors’ names tipped onto blank facing dedication page. In the original paper dustjacket, slightly worn at joints. Quarto. 100 pp. Item #17067
ThIs is a fairly early publication from Barry Moser (b. 1940), who also illustrated another poetry collection by Smyth (1944 – 2006), titled The Cardinal Sins: A Bestiary, published under Moser's Pennyroyal Press imprint in 1980.
Abbatoir Press was founded by Harry Duncan, who eventually began publishing under the Abbatoir Editions imprint when he became a fine printer for the University of Nebraska. He printed fine editions of work by authors including Robert Lowell, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Tennessee Williams, and Yvor Winters.