Fine Art Book Printing Press Gibraltar Editions Releases Inaugural Publication

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Founders Guy Duncan and Denies Brady established Gibraltar Editions in Omaha, Neb in honor of Duncan's late father, master printer Harry Duncan. Based in the fine art book printing tradition, Gibraltar's first publication is a book of poetry written by award-winning poet, Steve Langan.

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I want to pay homage to the incredible work of my father and be part of preserving letterpress poetry,” Duncan said. “I’m also passionate about technology and finding ways to use it for the betterment of society.

“What it Looks Like, How it Flies,” a book of 16 poems written by Omaha poet Steve Langan, is the inaugural publication for Gibraltar Editions, a fine art book printing press and publishing company based in Omaha.

Langan is scheduled for a reading at the Omaha launch of Gibraltar Editions on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and a reading of the collection at the Cornelia St. Café in New York City, 29 Cornelia St., on March 17, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Gibraltar Editions uses letterpress printing, a process dating back to the 15th century. The technique requires a typesetter/printer who composes and locks individual pieces of movable type into the bed of a press by hand, applies ink, and presses paper against it one page at a time to transfer the ink form the type to the paper. It is distinguished from digital and offset printing by the impression left on the paper when it is pressed against the type.

Gibraltar Editions utilizes a Vandercook cylinder press, a model made in the United States during the first half of the 20th Century.

Langan was educated at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he received the Paul Engle Postgraduate Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation. He is the author of the previous collections “Freezing,” “Notes on Exile and Other Poems” and “Meet Me at the Happy Bar.” His poems appear in a variety of leading journals, including “The Kenyon Review,” “Gettysburg Review,” “Chicago Review,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Fence” and “Verse.” Langan serves on the teaching and residency faculty of the University of Nebraska at Omaha MFA in Writing program, and he is the founder and director of Seven Doctors Project, a Nebraska Writers Collective program currently based at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The book was hand set and printed by Denise Brady from Poliphilus, Blado, and American Uncial types. Eighty-five copies printed on Gutenberg paper feature three woodcuts printed from wood blocks. Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio binds 30 deluxe copies in vellum and the printer covers the remaining 55 fine copies in Cave Paper. Deluxe copies of the book feature woodcuts from the internationally renown artist Karen Kunc.

Deluxe copies of the book will be available for $350 per copy; fine copies will be available for $125 per copy; and two hundred fifty trade copies, printed without woodcuts on Mohawk Superfine and pasted into Speckletone coverstock, will be available for $20 per copy.

“What it Looks Like, How it Flies” is available for purchase. The book was printed and bound by hand in an edition limited to 335 copies. Each copy is numbered.

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