Herschel C. Logan

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Herschel C. Logan

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The Old Man of Pyramid Lake

- Log-Anne Press, 1973
- Eight pages, 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (miniature book)  
- Includes signed woodcut by Logan
- Limited edition of 70 copies; scarce 

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About the work

Herschel Logan’s (1901-1987) book tells a charming story of a trip to Pyramid Lake while he and his wife Anne were visiting relatives in Reno. After arriving at the lake, he describes his amazement and delight when coming face to face with an imposing stone face profile of an old man in seemingly deep contemplation. 

A pencil-signed woodcut by Logan accompanies the opening page of the book, which is preceded by an illustration of the site where he encountered the stone face. 

Logan made approximately 140 woodcuts from 1921 to 1938, which established his reputation as one of the finest masters of the medium. In the Midwest he is frequently referred to as "the Prairie Woodcutter.” Some forty of his prints were collected by Birger Sandzén, and others reside in the collections of the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and other esteemed institutions.

Herschel and Anne Logan started the Log-Anne Press at their home in Santa Ana, California. The press produced close to 50 miniature books between 1973 and Herschel’s death in 1987. Many of the books included Logan’s hand-lettered texts, as is the case with “The Old Man of Pyramid Lake.”  

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