Frijoles Canyon Pictographs.

Los Angeles: William & Victoria Dailey Antiquarian Books & Fine Prints, 1980. [44]pp, illus, including two folding sheets (making a single, long print). Edition of 250, numbered. Bright and near fine with a like dust jacket. This is a reprint done by William and Victoria Dailey in a edition quite a bit smaller than the original 480. It is Baumann's most important illustrated book. I'll quote from the essay Gustave Baumann in the West by David Acton. "In the late 1930's, when he realized that several of the original cave paintings had disappeared in the years since he recorded them, Baumann embarked on Frijoles Canyon Pictographs, published in 1939 by the Santa Fe publishing cooperative Writers' Editions. Baumann wrote and illustrated the book printing the woodcuts in his own studio.ÉThis text is punctuated by nineteen freely transcribed woodcuts representing vignettes from the images on cliff and cave walls, printed in a sandy brown color. Several of the pictographs represent wild game; others show divinities and spirits.ÉSpaced throughout the book are six color prints representing some of Frijoles Canyon's most elaborate pictographs, as well as both a glimpse inside a cave dwelling and an overall view of the canyon's south wall. In the center of the book are two pages that fold out to reveal The Deer Hunt pictograph reprinted from Baumann's original blocks carved in 1918. On every page, down to the book's endpapers that carry a woodcut aerial panorama of the canyon's south wall, Baumann lavished loving and meticulous care." Likewise this splendid reprint. (By the way, this edition has a dust jacket decorated with woodcuts prepared by Baumann but not printed in 1939. They appear here for the first time.). Item #26786

Price: $750.00

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