(Gehenna Press)

The Gehenna Florilegium.

Baskin, Leonard (illus.)

(Rockport, ME): Gehenna Press, 1998. Folio. (65)pp. From an edition of fifty, this is one of ten deluxe copies, accompanied by a page of Hecht's manuscript, three drawings by Baskin, one of the original woodcut blocks, and a suite of woodcuts printed in black with several colored by Baskin. Signed by both Hecht and Baskin at the colophon; Baskin has also signed each of the prints in the book. Hecht's poems, rich with earthy imagery to communicate the individual and common depths of grief and joy, are each faced with a colorful woodcut of a flower. Baskin's signature dark shading and rough edges capture both the gritty beauty of the plants themselves and their untidy but profound reflection of humanity. Bound by Claudia Cohen in full peach morocco, with rules in both blind and gilt, an artful gilt laurel design and yellow leather onlays to covers, matching gilt spine decoration onlaid. Drawings and extra suite housed in cloth-covered chemise. Housed, along with the book and block, in clamshell box. Item #30581

Price: $20,000.00

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