The poem celebrating his feats was written in cuneiform on twelve clay tablets in c. 2000 BC, and discovered among the ruins of Ninevah.According to the Sumerians, when the task of running the universe became too difficult even for the gods, they brought man into being to do their work on earth, and each god took as his special province one of the great cities of men. An ruled Erech; Enil, Nippur; Enki, Eridu. Shortly after the creation of men, the gods grew angry with them and asked Enlil to send a flood to do away with every form of life on earth, but Enlil had a soft heart apparently and allowed his favorite mortal to build a boat to ride out the coming storm. As time went on, the divinities withdrew more and more from human affairs, leaving government in the hands of mighty kings. The Sumerian hero Gilgamesh, a warrior, just judge and master builder was such a king, who reigned in Erech. Illustrating our edition, Irving Amen fashioned nine three-color woodcuts - eight full-page and one double-spread - and seven part-page black and white woodcuts and linocuts.
Designing our book, Robert L. Dothard chose Janson type for the text and Trump Gravure for the tablet titles. The text pages were set at the Press of A. Colish in Mount Vernon, New York, and printed at the Stinehour Press, Lunenburg, Vermont. For the fabulous color woodcuts, the plates were reproduced by Rainbows, Inc.
Of Hazardville, Connecticut, and printed by The Holyoke Lithograph Co. The paper is a special Ragston stock produced at the Curtis mill in Newark, Delaware. It is soft, of a pleasant texture, and with the right characteristics for letterpress printing.
A reproduction of a seventh century BC cuneiform tablet appears on the front cover. This is copy number 456 of 2000 copies, and is signed by Irving Amen.
The offer includes both the four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter and the prepublication announcement. This offer is for lovers of epic poems and ancient Mesopotamian literature, but is a must have for LEC collectors.
It is a product of numerous skilled artisans, working with the finest materials. The woodcuts alone are worth the cost of the book, which happens to be not only very difficult to find in the marketplace but also in this condition and with the LEC memorabilia.
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