ENOOESWEETOK'S DRAWINGS, ed. Edmund Carpenter - 2001 [Signed Facsimile edition]


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Drawings of Enooesweetok of the Sikosillingmint Tribe of Eskimo, Fox Land, Baffin Island 

edited by Edmund Carpenter 

Numbered facsimile edition, signed by Carpenter.  New York:  Rock Foundation, 2001 

Portfolio and softcover pamphlet in clamshell housing is overall in VERY GOOD++ condition.

  • Clamshell case of nutmeg brown cloth over boards is mostly clean, with paper label on front.  Slight bumping to lower corner.  See photos. 
  • Inside, a string-tied booklet in paper wraps, and a portfolio in fold out stiff wraps with inked title.  See photos.
  • Booklet title page is inscribed and signed by Carpenter.
  • Portfolio contains 21 prints, each with a tissue guard.  
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear. 
  • PS2024.0222

24 pages, 21 plates. 10.25 x 6.5 inches

Beautifully printed reproductions, each on a separate sheet, of 21 sketches by the Eskimo native, collected at the turn of the 20th century by Robert Flaherty and published in 1915.  Cased in a cloth covered clamshell box with separately printed sewn wrapper commentary by the esteemed anthropologist Edmund Carpenter (1922-2011). 

Drawings by the Eskimo at this time were exceptionally rare, and the harsh weather of the region isolated the native peoples from the art traditions of the world.  These minute, spare, and sensitive renditions show a life lived closely tied to nature, the walrus, the caribou, and the hunt.  An exquisite production of a rare glimpse into what is still a little explored world.

The book is signed and inscribed to Alfred Bush (1933-2023), long-time Curator of Western Americana at the Princeton University Library.

Edition of 200 copies, of which this is #119.  Printed by Finlay Brothers in Sabon typeface, using Rives, Somerset, Canson and Mohawk Superfine papers.  

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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