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

The Oresteia : The Oresteia

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Baskin had long conceived of the design for the work; he had designed and carved all the wood blocks, and had finished the book design just days before his death on June 3, 2000.

The Oresteia was published posthumously by the “syndics” of the Gehenna Press. Carol Hughes and Lisa Unger Baskin, wives of the artists, signed the colophon page.

Once again, Baskin drew on Bruce Rogers’s elegant font, Centaur, with its italic version Arrighi (designed by Frederic Warde), to convey the powerful story.

Aeschylus. The Oresteia a version by Ted Hughes. The Gehenna Press, 2001.

Aeschylus. The Oresteia a version by Ted Hughes. Gorgon. Part Two: Choephori. Woodcut by Leonard Baskin. The Gehenna Press, 2001.

Block for Gorgon from The Oresteia.

Collection of Lisa Unger Baskin, Courtesy Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York.

Aeschylus. The Oresteia a version by Ted Hughes. Zeus. Part Three, The Eumenides. Woodcut by Leonard Baskin. The Gehenna Press, 2001.

Aeschylus. The Oresteia a version by Ted Hughes. Colophon. The Gehenna Press, 2001.