- Octavo, light tan cloth. The binding is unevenly darkened with foxing to the rear joint & some minor foxing to the covers.  unnumbered pages. Illustrated with a black-and-white portrait plate by Barry Moser. There are a few small stains to the top corner of the rear pastedown, else the contents are near fine. Very good.
One of a limited edition of 150 copies by the Castalia Press.
The Castalia Press was started in 1969 by Barry Moser as part of the Art Department at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass. Moser's own imprint was named Pennyroyal Press in 1970 to distinguish his professional work from that of his students. This book was edited by Eric Anderson and printed by John W. Coons as part of an Independent Study Project. Moser's portrait is of Samuel Williston, founder of the Academy, and some of the contents are drawn from the Williston archive.
From the library of artist Alfonso Ossorio with his elaborate signature filling the flyleaf. Ossorio [1916-1990] was an abstract expressionist artist born in Manila, Philippines. At the age of fourteen, he moved to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1933. His work was influenced by his friend Jackson Pollock, whose work he admired and collected, and by the "art brut" of Jean Dubuffet whom he met in Paris in 1950. In the 1950s he began creating assemblages, which he called "congregations" and he was represented along with Dubuffet and many other artists in the 1961 exhibition "The Art of Assemblage" at the Museum of Modern Art, which introduced this form of art to the general public for the first time. He died in New York City in 1990.