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Gehenna Press correspondence and ephemera (Philip Isaacson collection)

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A small collection of ephemera, including birth, wedding and bar mitzvah invitations, catalogues of Baskin/Gehenna Press exhibitions, as well as correspondence with the Baskin family.

Dates

  • 1957-2008, n.d.

Extent

0.3 Linear metres (2 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12719].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 12719/1-2.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12719

Overview

Philip Isaacson's collection of Gehenna Press ephemera, together with Gehenna Press-related correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Isaacson (1924-2013) was a Harvard educated lawyer, art critic and collector, writer and newspaper columnist based in Maine in the United States. He was a friend of the American sculptor, print maker and publisher Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) and collected numerous works from Baskin's imprint Gehenna Press, as well as privately commissioning printed ephemera from the press. This small collection of that ephemera, including birth, wedding and bar mitzvah invitations, catalogues of Baskin/Gehenna Press exhibitions, as well as correspondence with the Baskin family, forms part of a larger collection of 64 works from Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna and Eremite Presses which can now be found in the printed book collections of the Bodleian Library (some of which also contain ephemera or archival items (e.g. bills) that have been left in situ). A further batch of ephemera is now stored with the Bodleian's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired via Kenneth Shure, 6 Oct 2017.

Related Materials

The archive of the Gehenna Press is available in the Bodleian Library, see MSS. Gehenna Press a. 1-57, b. 1-90, c. 1-65, d. 1-48, e. 1-9, digital 1; MSS. Photogr. c. 494-5, e. 57.

See also a Leonard Baskin gouache painting of William Blake, MS. Eng. a. 2035, and a colour photographic portrait of Leonard Baskin with his wife Lisa Unger Baskin by Noel Chanan, MS. Photogr. a. 38.

Separated Materials

This ephemera forms part of a larger collection of 64 works from Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna and Eremite Presses which can now be found in the printed book collections of the Bodleian Library, shelfmarked as "Isaacson" (some of which also contain ephemera or archival items (e.g. bills) that have been left in situ). A further batch of ephemera is now stored with the Bodleian's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.
Title
Gehenna Press correspondence and ephemera (Philip Isaacson collection)
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Charlotte McKillop-Mash
Date
2018
Sponsor
Purchased with the help of the Friends of the Bodleian

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom