Tiresias. Alfred Tennyson, Lord.
Tiresias.
Tiresias.
Tiresias.
(Baskin, Leonard)

Tiresias.

Baskin, Leonard (illus.)

Northampton, MA: Gehenna Press, 1970. Small octavo. (28)pp. One of fifty copies signed by the artist, Leonard Baskin. Illustrated with a frontispiece etched portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Baskin and four additional etchings, which accompany Tennyson's poem "Tiresias." The title is cut in wood and printed in red from the block. Baskin first became interested in Tiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes, after creating a series of sculptures of mythological figures. According to the notes from the exhibition "Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press," Baskin was fascinated both by the image of Tiresias as a backward-looking seer, as depicted in Dante's Inferno, and by the tale of Tiresias's transformation into a woman for seven years. He chose Tennyson's interpretation of the myth to accompany his illustrations. One of the most elegant books of the Gehenna Press. Bound by Arno Werner in full vellum with yapp edges. A fine copy, housed in a vellum-backed clamshell box. Item #30368

(Brook 67).

Price: $3,000.00

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