NY: Khelcom New York, 2010. 8 x 10. Twenty-eight French-fold leaves: 4 pages of text, 3 photogravures (2 double spread) of pilgrimages, 21 fullpage color woodcuts. There are 2 smaller woodcuts within the text. Bound by Gray Parrot in stiff vellum wraps, in cloth traycase with vellum label. Fine. Item #16175
Bogardus drew these magical, healing images directly from Ge'ez scrolls and carved 2 to 5 woodblocks for each. They are stylized, ancient, and vibrant. Inks were made of powdered minerals: cinnabar, malachite, lapis lazuli; oyster shells bleached in the sun for six years created the white pigment; yellow is printed from gamboge over-printed with lead-tin yellow. The blocks were printed on Japanese paper. Letterpress by Art Larson, and photogravures by Bogardus. Ge'ez is the ancient classical language of Ethiopia, now used only for Coptic Christian texts. Peter's press name, Khelcom, means "workplace" in Ethiopian. One of 52 numbered & signed copies.