Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ETCHINGS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST]: Baskin, Leonard Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ETCHINGS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST]: Baskin, Leonard Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ETCHINGS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST]: Baskin, Leonard Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ETCHINGS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST]: Baskin, Leonard

Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ETCHINGS SIGNED BY THE ARTIST]

Baskin, Leonard

Published by Delphic Arts, New York, 1962
Condition: g to vg Hardcover
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1/90. Elephant folio. [4] leaves (Title and text pages), [3] leaves (Original etchings), 60 leaves (Plates), [1] leaf (Colophon). Loose leaves housed in their original tan-cloth portfolio, with gold lettering on maroon leather label pasted on spine and front cover. String ties. Title page in red and black lettering. Richard Lattimore's now-classic translation, "The Iliad of Homer," was first published by the University of Chicago Press in 1951. A decade later, the Press invited the artist, sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin* to produce drawings for a lavish, illustrated edition, which came out in 1962. That same year a deluxe portfolio edition of 150 copies was published by Delphic Arts in New York (1-90 with 3 original etchings; I-LX with an extra suite of the etchings on Japan Nacre, accompanied with an original drawing). Our copy is one of 90 copies (No. 37) accompanied by three original etchings signed by Leonard Baskin. This striking volume is splendidly illustrated with 60 offset lithographs. The etchings and lithographs measure appr. 26 x 19 3/4" (sheet), and 17 1/2 x 14 1/2" (image). Portfolio partly sunned and foxed along edges. One string tie missing. Minor offsetting to title page. Leaves slightly rippled along margin (not affecting text or images). Portfolio in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good, etchings and plates in very good condition. * Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an American sculptor, book-illustrator, wood-engraver, printmaker, graphic artist, writer and teacher. His public commissions include a bas relief for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and a bronze statue of a seated figure, erected in 1994 for the Holocaust Memorial in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His works are owned by many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art and the Vatican Museums. The archive of his work at the Gehenna Press was acquired by the Bodleian Library at Oxford, England, in 2009. Baskin taught at Smith College from 1953 to 1974. In 1955 he was one of eleven New York artists featured in the opening exhibition at the Terrain Gallery. In 1966 he was featured in the documentary, "Images of Leonard Baskin" by American filmmaker Warren Forma. Bookseller Inventory # 37900

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Title: Drawings for the Iliad [WITH THREE ORIGINAL ...

Publisher: Delphic Arts, New York

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Limited First edition.

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