Very Good / Very Good. Item #10008
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962. Stated First Impression of First Edition of this Chicago/Baskin production. Octavo (28.5x20x5cm); 526pp, including glossary. Forty-nine full-page drawings by Leonard Baskin. Baskin-illustrated image on off-white jacket. Volume bound (handsomely) in claret-plum linen; Baskin drawing pasted on front panel; gilt spine stamping. Text on heavy wove paper; Baskin's bound-in drawings are all printed on laid paper.
Coated First Impression jacket has SKU clipped from front flap, but price ($13.50) remains. A single 1cm closed tear to fold of rear jacket flap at top. Jacket and binding are otherwise unmarred and unmarked.
The bookplate of the previous and sole owner, Brenda Lee Richardson, is on the front free endpaper. Richardson—art historian and leading advocate for insider art, outsider art, and allsider art—served as chief curator and formidable deputy director at the Baltimore Museum of Art for almost 25 years.
Lattimore's 1951 translation, standard in the United States until Fitzgerald's 1974 version, is here presented with 49 line and inkwash drawings—expressionistic, gloomy, and monolithic—by Leonard Baskin.