Baltimore: Aquarius Press, 1970. 31x29cm: unpaginated. Signed Limited Edition. Twenty etchings hand-printed by Atelier LeBlanc in Paris. Brown paper-covered boards quarter-bound in tan cloth in brown paper slip-case by General Bookbinding Company, Inc. and designed by Richard Hendel. Published in an edition of 165 copies. Twenty-five copies are numbered I-XXV which were reserved for the artist and his collaborators. The remaining copies are numbered 1-140, this copy being 133. Signed and numbered on the colophon. Light shelf wear and sunning to spine with a few incidental marks internally, none affecting etchings. Minor wear and rubbing to slipcase. Near Fine in a Near Fine slipcase.
Jack Couglin, an Irish-American artist, is known best for his portraits of literary figures and musicians. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Coughlin is a member of the National Academy of Design and has artwork in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City along with The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
In preparation for the wonderfully detailed beastly images, Coughlin uses a quote by Jean Baptista Porta from Natural Magick (1658), appropriately describing mans’ lust as indulgent and villainous enough to unashamedly copulate with beasts. A fantastic group of baroque etchings that do not shy away from showing the genitalia of the gargoyle-like creatures.