The Private Presses of New Mexico

The Press of Gustave Baumann

Frijoles Canyon Pictographs

Woodblocks for the two-color title-page illustration of Frijoles Canyon Pictographs. Gustave Baumann punctuated his text with imagery transcribed from the walls of cliff and cave dwellings in the canyon located in the Jemez Mountains, west of Santa Fe. Although most of his carving was done in basswood, the blocks for this book were carved from common pine. Baumann wrote the text and created 25 woodblock illustrations for his Frijoles Canyon Pictographs, which were printed at Clark’s studio. The book was bound by Hazel Dreis and published by Writers’ Editions. The American Institute of Graphic Arts named the book one of the Fifty Books of the Year when it appeared in 1939. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Library, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

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