Loyd Haberly at the Gregynog Press

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Xenophon, Cyrupaedia: the Institution and Life of Cyrus, the First of That Name, King of Persians … (Newtown, Montgomeryshire [Wales]: Gregynog Press, 1936). Copy 12 of 150. Graphic Arts GAX Oversize 2007-0113Q

Iowa native and Rhodes Scholar Loyd Haberly (1896-1981) learned the crafts of book making from Mrs. Arthur Durnford and Agatha Walker at Seven Acres in Long Crendon, where he was responsible for the printing and binding of sixteen books.

From there, Haberly moved to Gregynog Press but only stayed for two years, producing only four volumes. His best work during this period may be Cyrupaedia, (1936) published in an edition of 150 hand-set and hand-bound copies. Haberly’s bindings tend to be overly ornate but in this case, he successfully balances a simple design with bright color.

Haberly returned to the United States and ended his long career as an English professor and dean at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. The original University shield, recently updated, was designed by Haberly. He continued to print and publish books of his own poetry throughout his life.

With thanks to Jay Satterfield, who has written an extended biography of Loyd Haberly (1993): http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/Bai/satter2.htm

His obituary in the New York Times can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/28/obituaries/loyd-haberly-dies-at-84-poet-teacher-and-dean.html