EIGHT WOOD ENGRAVINGS ON A THEME OF PAN. With an Afterword by the Artist.
Northampton: Pennyroyal Press, 1980. 6 1/2 x 10. 29 pages, 3 leaves with 7 engravings, each signed. Bound by Peter Verheyen with a snakeskin spine and goat vellum sides with the title & an image of Pan under the vellum; graphite top edge, “Crackle" endpapers. Signed "PV 2014" at rear in gilt. Fine in "Crackle" slipcase with snakeskin label. Item #15126
Text is six epigrams from the Anthologia Graeca, which Moser loosely translates in his afterword. Set in 12pt. to 16pt. Goudy Greek in several colors, punctuated with original brush calligraphy by Betse Curtis. Printed on handmade Japanese Etching paper, with engravings on Sekishu. Despite the title, there are 7 engravings. The original cloth binding design called for a large triangular label with the 8th engraving. After the edition was printed, the binding design changed. This is one of 3 artist's copies from an edition of 130.
"Occasionally, I have ideas and have no text, in which case I either invent one, or commission one. In this instance, I went to my standby, the Anthologia Graeca, and found a few epigrams for and about rustic and rutting old Pan...I ventured to paraphrase the Victorian translations myself...Althogether, a happy experience and a happy, if horny, little book."