Item #16994 TIRESIAS. Alfred Gehenna Press. Tennyson.


(Northampton, 1970). 5 x 7. 22 leaves. Frontis bust of Tennyson SIGNED by Baskin. Title engraved by John Howard Benson and printed from the block in red. Four other etchings (two on blue paper, one in three colors) EACH SIGNED BY BASKIN. Bound by Arno Werner in full vellum, quarter vellum tray case. Tray case has light soil; book yawns a bit, but is fine. Item #16994

Although 50 copies were printed of this exquisite little book, "About half the edition was destroyed by water damage at the press in 1970." (The Work of Fifty Years 68) Printed by Harold McGrath in Centaur types on handmade Fabriano. This copy is signed by Baskin in the colophon, and is number 30. All the etchings are signed (they were not signed for the edition).
Baskin writes "It was not Tennyson but Tiresias, the male-female archaic know-it-all that really interested me & caused the poem to be printed. I thus had the possibility of doing several small & very hirsute etchings of him, & in color the copulating snakes whose secret procreative activities he penetrated to the vast annoyance of Artemis--the cause of Tiresias' sexual change. The book is noteworthy for its title page, enhanced by a wood engraving of the title by John E. Benson...."

Price: $1,800.00