Sale 17BP02 | Lot 129


Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

Lot Details

Lot 129
[GEHENNA PRESS] AESCHYLUS [HUGHES, TED-trans.]. Oresteia. Rockport: Gehenna Press, 2001 [2002]. One of 60 copies, signed by...
Rockport: Gehenna Press, 2001 [2002]. One of 60 copies, signed by Carol Orchard Hughes and Lisa Unger Baskin, this example copy 8 from the edition of ten specials, with a companion portfolio with a printed title containing a suite, an original woodblock for the work, a page of Hughes's manuscript, and two preparatory pencil drawings. Three volumes in full crushed midnight black oasis morocco by Claudia Cohen, tooled with gilt rules to a lozenge design, the volumes and the accompanying materials housed in two gray cloth clamshell cases, with leather spine labels harmonizing with those on the text volumes. 16 x 12 inches (41 x 31 cm); The Eumenides: [8], 62, 2 pp. Agamemnon: [10], 102, [4] pp.; Choephori: [8], 70, [4] pp. Printed in red and black in Centaur and Arrighi types, with 47 full-page woodcuts throughout by Leonard Baskin. The suite bears 48 proofs on a variety of papers, each numbered from the edition of ten and initialed by Baskin (one is a portrait of Hughes). The cases with a few marks, but sound; the contents in fine condition.
A magnificent edition of the plays of Aeschylus with a translation by Ted Hughes, this was the last of several cooperative ventures between Hughes, who died in 1998, and Baskin, who died in 2000. The book was seen through the press by the Syndics of the Press (the wives of the author and the artist). The drawings are two rough pencil sketches for the work, signed by Baskin. This was the last major literary work issued by the Press, and one of its finest.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for $10,625 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for $10,625 (includes buyer's premium)

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