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    [Gustave Baumann]. Frijoles Canyon Pictographs Recorded in Woodcuts and Hand Printed by Gustave Baumann. Santa Fe: Writers' Editions, Inc., 1939.

    First edition limited to 500 copies as stated on a limitation page bound in back. Signed by Baumann in pencil on a double page folded plate. Octavo. Unpaginated. With twenty-five hand-printed woodcuts and additional decorative elements. Forward by Alfred Vincent Kidder.

    Hand-made cloth with pictograph illustrations over boards with titles on paper labels affixed to the front board and spine. Yellow and cream pictorial endpapers. Front and back hinges have been reinforced with archival tape. Light shelf wear mainly at the extremities, former owner's name in ink on the verso of the front free endpaper, bookplate on the back pastedown. A near fine copy.

    Baumann created this beautiful book using imagery transcribed from the walls of cliff and cave dwellings in the canyon located in the Jemez Mountains, west of Santa Fe. Baumann usually did his carving in basswood, though the blocks for this book were carved from common pine. The American Institute of Graphic Arts named the book one of the Fifty Books of the Year when it appeared in 1939.


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