New York: The Limited Editions Club [printed by the Wild Carrot Letterpress], (1984). Baskin, Leonard. Limited Edition. Leather. no. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 167 pp., signed by both Arthur Miller and Leonard Baskin, with LEC Newsletter and invitation to publication party. Fine. Item #171031136
Arthur Asher Miller (1915-2005) was seminal figure in twentieth-century American Theatre. In Miller's more than thirty plays, which won him a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, he put in question "death and betrayal and injustice and how we are to account for this little life of ours." For nearly six decades, Miller created characters that wrestle with power conflicts, personal and social responsibility, the repercussions of past actions, and the twin poles of guilt and hope (n.b., info from The National Endowment for the Humanities website).
Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) was an artistic genius whose works almost defy categorization. Eminent in sculpting, illustration, printmaking and also as a typographer and printer, he pursued multiple art forms all of which have, as an underlying thread, social consciousness and a high regard for humanity (n.b., above information from the website of the Galerie St. Etienne). Mr. Baskin founded The Gehenna Press in 1942 while at Yale University, taking his inspiration from William Blake's example as both a poet and an artist/bookmaker.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound by Gray Parrot in full rust-brown Nigerian goatskin with gilt lettering on the spine, with five tissue-guarded etchings by Leonard Baskin; printed by the Wild Carrot Letterpress, set in American and English monotype Bulmer on mould-made Cartiere Enrico Magnani paper; pagination: (5) - (165), blank (166), colophon (167); quarto size (10.75" by 8"), signed by author Arthur Miller and illustrator Leonard Baskin, limited edition, this no. 1107 of 1500. With the LEC Monthly Newsletter, a single sheet folded to four pages, with one fold for mailing. Also included is an invitation "The Limited Editions Club cordially invites you to celebrate "Death of Salesman" and to honor Arthur Miller, Monday, November 26th, nine to midnight, Oak and Chinese Rooms, Hotel Algonquin....". Housed in a slipcase covered in grey paper with author's name in gilt on the spine.
___CONDITION: Book is in fine condition with the leather binding smooth and supple, the colour on the spine deep (not sunned), corners straight and unrubbed, solid hinges and a strong text block, clean and bright inside and entirely free of prior owner markings. The slipcase is in near fine condition, strong and sturdy and absolutely no wear; perhaps a light stray mark or two, else fine. The LEC Newsletter fine, clean and without wear, with only the original folds; the invitation the same, clean and without wear.
___CITATION: LEC no. 540.
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