Broadside: "The Nagant"
Easthampton, MA: Adastra Press, 2019. Limited First Edition. Single Sheet. Signed by Michael Casey. A small broadside (appx. 6&1/4" x 9&1/2") with the title poem by Michael Casey, a venerable American poet who is a Vietnam War veteran & whose first collection of poems, Obscenities (1972), is considered among the earliest to protest the war as it was still being fought. Casey was also born & raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, as was Jack Kerouac. The "Nagant" of the title is the name of a revolver gun invented & manufactured by the Belgian industrialist Leon Nagant, which was used by the Imperial Russian Army & later by the Soviet Army. A beautiful production, "Letterpressed at Adastra Press with Goudy Old Style type on Strathmore linen December 2019" per colophon below poem. One of an edition of (officially) 100 hand-numbered copies, this is copy No. 101/100. We cannot explain why this copy is just beyond the printed limitation, it may be effectively an author's proof or the first of a second edition. Below his printed name after the poem, Casey has hand-signed his name in bold black ink. An attractive & desirable Casey collectible. In very fine condition with only one small, very faint half-circular crease at lower right area, near but not effecting Casey's printed & signed names. Very Fine. [Item #4433]