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Private Press: Abbatoir Press
University of Nebraska Private Press.
Proprietors: Harry Duncan, followed by Bonnie O'Connell; Omaha, Nebraska.
Harry Duncan of Cummington Press established Abattoir Editions at the University of Nebraska-Omaha as part of his printing and teaching position in 1972. The press name comes from the British term for "slaughterhouse.” University students assist in the projects from the press. Bonnie O’ Connell (of the Penumbra Press) took over as director in 1985 upon his retirement. The Private Press Collection at Northern Illinois University holds several titles by Abbattoir editions.
Abattoir Editions: Selected Items
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(These were designed and printed by Bonnie O' Connell; information in parentheses from each colophon page)
Hansen, Ron.Nebraska. with woodcuts by Karen Kunc (c1989, ).
"500 copies...Cloister type on Nideggen, a German mouldmade paper… Karen Kunc assisted with the runs of her double-spread prints, each pulled from three woodcut blocks… This book was produced with assistance from Denise Bradt, Taki Hicken, and Lisa Ammerman, and funding from the Nebraska Arts Council."
Emanuel, Lynn.The Technology of Love: Fourteen Poems(c1988).
"illustrated, handprinted and bound by Bonnie P. O’Connell with assistance from Denise Brady, Maria Posada Mandel, and Glen VanMilligan.” Number 38 of 200 copies on mouldmade Arches Text Wove.)
Deagon, Ann.The Polo Poems(1990).
"225 copies… on Arches Creme Laid Text and Arches Cover paper. Lisa Ammerman assisted with the non-adhesive binding, and in resetting Harold Berliner’s monotype Rolulus. Number 144.”)
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