Artifex: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press


The early years of Gehenna Press

Baskin & Hughes

An Architect of the Page

“Of the making of books…”




Honoring James Baldwin

The Oresteia



“Of the making of books…” : “…there is no end.”

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Leonard Baskin was commissioned to illustrate The Five Scrolls, a popular press edition of the Pentateuch. His watercolor depicts the biblical verse that inspired Baskin throughout his life: “…of the making of books there is no end.” Ecclesiastes 12:12. The Gehenna Press continues today, publishing designs and images the artist created prior to his death in 2000.

Leonard Baskin. “Of the making of books there is no end.” Watercolor on heavy wove paper. Illustration of Ecclesiastes 12:12.

Collection of Professor Michael Kammen.