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Yehuda Amichai – Letterpressed Poems

Yehuda Amichai - Yom Kippur

Yehuda Amichai was one of the great poets of the 20th century.

It’s now possible to purchase a Yehuda Amichai poem beautifully letterpressed and illustrated from The Amichai Windows, a limited edition of 18 Amichai poems.

This artist book is now in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Library of Congress Rare Book Division and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is also in private collections around the world.

But we have always wanted to make this work more accessible to the general public. We have just recently made a short movie about The Amichai Windows to give you a sense of its artistry. We also are now making available a very limited number of individual Yehuda Amichai poems that you can frame from this magnificent artist book .

Each of these prints is in perfect condition and is now available to the public. In order to make The Amichai Windows artist book, we had to do more than the requisite number to be able to make the edition. So, we have a very small handful of extra prints that are known as artist proofs.

These poems are archival, giclée prints. Atop them we have letterpressed a different Yehuda Amichai poem. In addition, each print comes with surrounding handmade abaca paper and its deep deckled edges. Prints by themselves are 11 x 19 inches; with surrounding abaca, 13 x 21 inches.

Each archival print has its own features — blind embossed  images, gold leaf, botanicals, additional shear papers, clock hands, etc. Unless otherwise specified below in our inventory list, they may be purchased flat or folded as a triptych. Insured shipping costs approximately $25 in the US; please inquire with your order.

Our remaining inventory is as follows:

  • Eternal Window – 1 (folded only)
  • From Man Thou Art and Unto Man Thou Shalt Return- 2
  • God’s Hand in the World – 7
  • I Am in Great Distress – 4 (folded only)
  • I Know a Man – 2
  • Just As It Was – 3
  • My Little Girl Looks – 2
  • My Mother Baked The Whole World For Me – SOLD OUT
  • My Son Was Drafted – 3 (collaged print only)
  • Poem #28 – 2
  • Poem #54 – SOLD OUT
  • Poem #56 – SOLD OUT
  • Summer Evening by a Window With Psalms – 3
  • The Jews – 3 ( collaged print only)
  • Three or Four in a Room – (2 folded, 2 flat)
  • To Remember is a Kind of Hope – 4
  • When I Returned, They Told Me There Is No – 3
  • Yom Kippur – 3

To give you a sense of each one’s visual breadth, we are also uploading some close-ups. This way, you will get a better sense of the work’s intricacy and delicacy. Please click below to open the gallery of images.

To learn more about the images, you can also read the 28-page guide to The Amichai Windows in a PDF format. It contains background information on all of the images, an introduction by scholar and literary translator Robert Alter, an essay by book artist Rick Black and more.

“A poem is like a lullaby that you sing in order to calm yourself,” said Yehuda Amichai in a Haaretz interview in 1965. “There are poems if I hadn’t written them, I would have been completely lost.”

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