(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1964). 510 x 350 mm. (20 x 13 3/4"). 1 p.l., 44 pp.Designed by George Sadek and translated by Willis Barnstone. No. 66 OF 325 COPIES (and 25 unnumbered copies for presentation), SIGNED by the artist.
Loose as issued in gray-blue buckram clamshell box, paper label with woodcut on upper cover, gilt titling on spine. With 10 in-text woodcuts printed in gray-blue ink and 12 lithographs, 10 of which are double-page, all but one with tissue guards. With four-page prospectus and a scaled-down lithograph laid in. See: Norman Geske, "Rudy Pozzatti: A Printmaker's Odyssey." In mint condition.
This special collaborative project offers a fresh interpretation of the Medieval Bestiary, combining excellent book design with a new translation, and featuring dynamic illustrations by an internationally recognized painter and printmaker. As a genre, Bestiaries have been in existence since at least the second or third century A.D., often including illustrations as well descriptions of both real and imagined creatures and their allegorical significance in the Christian context. The present work is based on a popular Bestiary text attributed to Bishop Theobald of Monte Cassino (fl. 1022-35), reproduced many times in manuscript form and first printed in 1492. According to the prospectus for the present work, this edition is "a superb example of the book as an integrated work of art," combining the talents of three prominent Indiana University professors: graphic artist George Sadek (1928-2007), poet and religious scholar Willis Barnstone (b. 1927), and artist Rudy Pozzatti (b. 1925). Geske calls this work "One of Pozzatti's major accomplishments," describing the illustrations as being "depicted with veracity . . . that is made certain in the virtuoso handling of the lithographic medium." Originally from Telluride, Colorado, Pozzatti has spent the majority of his long career at Indiana University, where he established their printmaking department and co-founded the Echo Press. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, and can be seen in the permanent collections of dozens of prominent museums in the U.S. and abroad. (ST15816-21)