“A RARE ADVENTURE”: ROCKWELL KENT’S GREENLAND JOURNAL, SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, WITH SIX LITHOGRAPHS, ONE SIGNED BY KENT
KENT, Rockwell. Rockwell Kent’s Greenland Journal. New York: Ivan Obolensky, (1962). Octavo, original white cloth, cartographic endpapers. WITH: Portfolio of six loose lithographic plates, 6-1/4 by 9-1/2 inches each. Housed together in original slipcase. $650.
Signed limited first edition, number 432 of 1000 copies, with numerous illustrations and cartographic endpapers by Rockwell Kent, accompanied as issued by a portfolio of six loose lithographic plates, one of which (“On Earth Peace”) is signed by the artist.
“Kent’s artistic style, incorporating broadly massed forms and stark tonal contrast, was well-suited to portraying the open, often arctic landscapes he encountered during his extensive travels… [He] took a number of extended trips to the Far North, especially during the years 1909-30. His experiences in Newfoundland (1914), Greenland (1929, 1931, 1934), and Alaska (1918) inform a number of his works, and resulted in two books-Wilderness (1920) and Salamina (1935), the latter reprinted in expanded form as Greenland Journal” (University of Delaware). “At some points Greenland Journal is as frank as the prose of Henry Miller… I enjoyed this strange diary as I have enjoyed just about everything Rockwell Kent has written. These are rough, realistic, basic observations on, and accounts of, a rare adventure” (William Hogan). When published, Greenland Journal helped fuel a revival of interest in Kent and his career.
A fine copy.