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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis

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Jacob Lawrence, The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis, 1989, illustrated book of eight color screenprints with letterpress text from the King James version of Genesis, The Carol and Seymour Haber Collection, © artist or other rights holder, 2008.73.1a,b

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Title

The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis

Artist

Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917-2000)

Related People

print publisher: Limited Editions Club (American, active 20th-21st centuries)

Date

1989

Medium

illustrated book of eight color screenprints with letterpress text from the King James version of Genesis

Edition

392/400

Dimensions (H x W x D)

book: 22 1/8 in x 17 in x 1 7/8 in; images: variable; each sheet: 21 3/4 in x 16 3/8 in; box: 23 1/2 in x 18 in x 2 1/2 in

Inscriptions & Markings

watermark: "M" surmounted by a cross, some text pages

inscription: 392, graphite, colophon page, c.c.

signature: Jacob Lawrence, graphite, colophon page, c.c.

Collection Area

Graphic Arts; Northwest Art

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Prints

Object Type

book

stencil print

Culture

American

Credit Line

The Carol and Seymour Haber Collection

Accession Number

2008.73.1a,b

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

artists' books

Bible

books

letterpress printing

Moses

screen prints

Description

Jacob Lawrence created eight color screenprints for this lavish edition of the first book of the Bible. The artist's powerful images, which were inspired by his memories of sermons given by ministers at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, give the text a modern urgency and expressive impact.

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