Artifex: Leonard Baskin & the Gehenna Press Event Online Exhibit uri icon


  • A cornerstone of Cornell University Library’s book arts collection, Baskin’s books represent the apex of contemporary letterpress printing. The exhibition features books and fine prints from Baskin’s private press, the Gehenna Press, including wood engravings, woodcuts, and etchings. A collection of Baskin’s own working materials, lent by his wife, Lisa Unger Baskin, enhances this exhibition. These unique sketches, wood blocks, and proofs provide a rare glimpse into the creative process, and illustrate the physical and conceptual construction of books from cover to cover.