Item #22011401 Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints. Gustave Baumann, Peggy Pond Church Mary Austin, Carmella Padilla, Artist, Text.
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints
Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints

Gustave Baumann's Book of Saints

Santa Fe: The Press at the Palace of the Governors, 2021. Baumann, Gustave. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 108 copies, large octavo size, 96 pp., Fine. Item #22011401

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.

Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934), a fiercely independent woman for her time, was the author of many books including "The Land of Little Rain" and "Taos Pueblo". She was the perfect person to write on this topic, for she had spent seventeen years making a special study of the lives of the indigenous peoples of the Mojave Desert and was an early defender of Native American, and Spanish-American, rights.

This volume presents a series of wood blocks carved by Gustave Baumann on New Mexico's "santeros" - their saints. For a variety of (fascinating) reasons printings from the original blocks were never before printed/published; neither was the typescript of Mary Austin, which Baumann had requested her to write (shortly before her death); both are here presented for the first time.

A treasure on so many levels; the amazing art of Gustave Baumann, the passion for the Southwest felt by Mary Austin, all published with the quality of craftsmenship and meticulous attention to detail we have come to expect from Thomas Leech, (formerly) the printer at The Press at the Palace of the Governors.

___DESCRIPTION: Structured as a triptych, the two front boards covered with decorated paper, the two spines and the middle board covered with brown cloth, one spine with a paper label with dark brown lettering, endpapers decorated to simulate wood grain, title page with illustrated border in brown, chapter headings in brown, the cuts presented in the middle of the book in black over a brown background, with brown lettering beneath; large octavo size (9 11/16" by 7 1/4"), pagination: [i-iv] v-xi [xii, blank] [13, sectional title page] [14, blank] [15-48, cuts] [49-52] 53-93 [94-95, colophon] [96], this no. 75 of 108 copies.

___CONDITION: Fine, the binding clean and without wear, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; we acquired the volume directly from the Press, it is as new.

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Price: $1,250.00