Josua Leander Gampp
Imagine my surprise rummaging through a old box of books at the dirt mall and finding this beauty. I got a little nervous while the seller took what seemed to be an eternity to assess its value; but when he settled on $1, the price was too good to refuse. The booklet, published in 1960 by Barenreiter-Verlag, features 12 exquisite woodcuts by Josua Leander Gampp.

Gampp was born in 1889 in a small German hamlet aptly named Buch (German for “book”). Although renowned for his masterful Holzschnitte (woodcuts), Gampp was also an accomplished painter and graphic designer. In addition to having several books published (by the likes of Bruno Cassirer among others) and participating in numerous exhibitions, he served as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. He died in 1959.

Posted Thursday April 9, 2009