Melville on Piranesi
Medium: Lithograph and letterpress
Dimensions: 24 1/8 x 35 in. (61.3 x 88.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr., 2009
About: In 1969, Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press produced this offset lithograph of the title page of Piranesi's 18th-century "Carceri" print portfolio. It was paired with a broadside of an excerpt from Herman Melville's novel in verse, Clarel, in which the author ponders Piranesi's work. The set was produced to celebrate to 150th anniversary of Melville's birth.
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