Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press

Introduction

The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”

Icones

Demons

Diptera

Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia

Capriccio

Sibyls

Sibyls

Like Capriccio, Sibyls is a very large folio edition. In part, the size points to the roots of Baskin’s project in a sculptural series of winged sibyls he had been carving from wood. The dramatic, large woodcuts were printed from as many as five woodblocks to achieve the stunning colors.

The poet Ruth Fainlight was inspired by Baskin’s sibyl figures to write more than one series of poems. Baskin and Fainlight worked together on a number of projects in which sibyls were featured, but this was the only one published by the Gehenna Press.

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Sibyls