Produced in a numbered limited edition of 350, this is a full-sized facsimile of Wharton Eshericks prototype of Walt Whitmans Song of the Broad-Axe. Each page is as produced by the artist, with hand lettering and illumination. Esherick illustrated the work with eighteen woodblock images that represent the artists vision and skill. Available for the first time to the public, this book is work of art, interpreting the power of Whitman's words in Esherick's unique and beautiful style. Each book is accompanied by a separate 8 x 11 restrike of his original woodcut "Welcome are all the earth's lands," suitable for framing. Also included is an illustrated essay by Paul Eisenhauer, Curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, Pennsylvania, which gives a brief biography of Esherick and the historical background the book. All is contained in a custom cloth case to ensure its longevity as a treasured keepsake.
American artist and craftsman Wharton Esherick (18871970) is known primarily as a sculptor and furniture maker. His studio in Paoli, Pennsylvania, is open to the public as part of the Wharton Esherick Museum.