Northampton: Double Elephant Press, 2001. 8 x 15. Ten poems by Hecht and 25 intaglios by Kuch appear in a series of 12 fold-out triptychs. In a black silk tri-fold binding which supports the fold-out sheets. A red window in the upper cover reveals the half-title. WITH an extra suite of the plates, each numbered and signed. WITH the original copperplate to illustrate Hecht's poem "Elders: Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe." There is a signed proof of the plate, & a watercolored version of the plate. The typed poem, signed by Hecht, is matted & laid in. All are housed in gold and black cloth tray case. Fine. Item #11574
No. 10 of 20 special copies signed by Hecht. Hecht's poem (which accompanies the enclosed copperplate) is typed, matted in a portfolio, and signed by Hecht. His evocative poems of Biblical characters form a figurative minyan (the quorum to commence prayer under Jewish law). Two etchings (either black aquatints or color copper-plate etchings) flank each poem. Hand printed in 16 point Spectrum on handmade Velke-Losiny paper. Dedicated to the memory of Leonard Baskin. These poems were written by Hecht for Baskin's Gehenna Press.
A student and protegé of Leonard Baskin, Michael printed the color etchings for Baskin's Gehenna Press. A versatile artist (like his mentor) Kuch is at ease working in ink wash, watercolor, oils, pastels, etching, lithography, & bronze sculpture. He started his Double Elephant Press in 1994. The Beinecke Library, Smith College Mortimer Library, and the Library of Congress hold a complete collection of the Press.