Book Condition: Fine
Edition: Signed by Author
Publisher: Santa Rosa, CA: Nawakum Press, 2015.
Illustrator: Illustrated by Barry Moser
In Encheiresin Naturae each of Muldoon's sonnets is paired opposite a Moser engraving, which has been printed directly from the block. These new non-representational images mark a major departure in the engraver's work. Moser was trained early on as an abstract painter in the halcyon days of the Abstract Expressionists, and these engravings are, in a manner, a return to beginnings. Jasper Johns refers to them as "terrific and surprising.".
In a remarkable edition from Nawakum Press the American book designer, illustrator, printmaker and fine press publisher Barry Moser collaborates for the first time with Irish poet Paul Muldoon. Muldoon is currently a professor at Princeton University, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Poetry Editor of The New Yorker magazine.
Fifteen abstract relief engravings were invented and engraved by Moser in his studio in Hatfield, Massachusetts, inspired by a phrase from Goethe's Faust referencing an alchemist's experiments in "manipulating nature." Muldoon was asked to respond poetically to these images and he chose an advanced form of a crown of sonnets, known as a heroic crown. Each of the sonnets is linked to the succeeding sonnets by repeating the final line of the preceding sonnet as its first line. The first line of the first sonnet is repeated as the final line of the final sonnet. The sequence thus comes full circle; Engravings; 80 pages.