New York: The Colophon Ltd, (1932). Baumann, Gustave. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 3000 copies, print: 6.25" by 6.25" printed on 10.5" by 8.5" paper, book: quarto size,  pp. Fine / fair. Item #18082788
Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) was a German-American printmaker and painter, one of the leading figures in the revival of colour woodcuts; he spent a great part of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico, creating work depicting southwestern landscapes, pueblo life, and ancient Native American petroglyphs. His work has been shown in prestigious institutes such as the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. "An Eagle Ceremony at Tesuque Pueblo" is a woodcut Baumann created exclusively for this issue of "The Colophon", depicting an Eagle Dance, a beautiful and graceful ceremony often performed for rain, accompanied by three drummers in the print.
"The Colophon" was a quarterly periodical first published in the 1930s, featuring articles written by various printers, who would print the signatures themselves and send them to be bound by Pynson Printers into the periodical; many well-known writers and artists contributed to the periodical, such as Edith Wharton, Paul Landacre, and Howard Cook. "An Eagle Ceremony" was printed in this issue of "The Colophon" and was not printed in any other edition; the print also features Baumann's monogram with his initials and the palm of a hand inside a heart carved into the block.
___DESCRIPTION: Print: Woodcut in black, grey, and ochre on Rives paper, with the artist's initials within the block, print size 6.25" by 6.25" on 10.5" by 8.5" paper, presented (still attached) within original "The Colophon" publication.
Book: Full cream paper with red ruled border and title in black on the front board, red spine with white lettering, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page with green ruled borders, facsimiles of printed material throughout; quarto size (10.5" by 8.75"), publication is complete with ninety-seven pages, one of 3000 copies, unnumbered. In herringbone glassine wrapper.
___CONDITION: The print is fine, with bright colours, clean, and without wear. The volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the edges of the board, top corners are bumped, and some sunning to the top edges of the boards, else fine. The glassine wrapper is fair, clean overall, with overall edge wear, chipping to the edges and head and tail of the spine, with a three-inch piece missing from the front panel, and front flap is detached but present.
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