SEANCE FOR A MINYAN.
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.Two etchings (black aquatints or color copper-plate etchings) flank each poem. Hand printed in 16 point Spectrum on handmade Velke-Losiny paper. 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.
Hecht wrote these poems for Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press. But Baskin died in June 2000, and this book is dedicated to his memory. A portrait of Baskin as an angel with wings covering his eyes appears twice in this book. Once in black and once with blue. Hecht's evocative poems of Biblical characters form a figurative minyan (the quorum to commence prayer under Jewish law).