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The Biblical Etchings of Marvin Hayes.
Oxmoor House, Birmingham 1976 - First edition. One of 100 numbered copies (#21). Folio (22 x 15 inches) . 8 pp. of printed matter (bifolio and two loose sheets) and 53 original etchings of Old and New Testament scenes, signed, numbered and titled in pencil by Hayes. Prints pulled by Emiliano Sorini from the original copper plates on Arches paper. Each etching in an acid-free polyester film. Text printed by the Trianon Press. Housed in the original calf clamshell case by A. Horowitz of New Jersey (slight crack to upper joint). Mild browning to outer edge of title page (as it was not sleeved). A superb set of these etchings."After graduating from Columbia, Hayes became an award-winning illustrator, with work in Esquire, McCallÕs, Playboy, Redbook, ReaderÕs Digest, Time and Good Housekeeping. Encouraged by Rousseau, he turned to fine art, working primarily in egg tempera and copperplate etchings. Eventually, HayesÕ work would be featured in one-man shows in the United States, Europe and South America and as sought-after acquisitions in museums and private collections. GodÕs Images [the title of the trade publication of these etchings] is HayesÕ piece de resistance, a monumental endeavor that, because of its biblical significance, is sure to endure as an important legacy. Its creation began when representatives of Oxmoor House Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., were in New York and saw HayesÕ work. The publisher planned a new version of the Bible and contracted with Hayes to provide 12 illustrations. ÒThey liked them so much that they signed me up to do 38 more. I actually did 53 all together,Ó Hayes said. ÒThey realized that with the text of the Bible and the etchings, they would have to get hernia insurance to get it out of the stores. So they decided to do the book another way. James Dickey saw the etchings and said, ÔIÕve always wanted to do a treatment of the Bible.ÕÓ (Lamar University). The Oxmoor people had seen the Far Gallery 1976 display of Hayes' Biblical etchings. The Gallery issued an exhibition catalog of the images with the same title as this offering and with an introduction by noted Southern writer James Dickey. In 1977, Oxmoor House commissioned a book containing 53 images and with substantial text James Dickey. This book, God's Images, proved enormously popular and over 1,000,000 copies were sold. In conjunction with the book they commissioned a deluxe set of 100 copies of the engravings and that is what is being here. In 1985, the Vatican Museums in Rome exhibited the works, which remain in the Vatican collection. A complete set of the etchings is a treasured part of the Dishman Art MuseumÕs permanent collection. We can find no copies of this limited edition ever being offered at auction nor any listing on OCLC.
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