The Creation, 1990 first edition, by Stephen Mitchell and Ori Sherman


Translated and adapted by Stephen Mitchell. Paintings by Ori Sherman. 1990, first edition. Dial Books, New York.

"In the beginning,
God created the heavens and the earth."

The text for The Creation was translated from Hebrew and adapted by poet Stephen Mitchell and illustrated by Ori Sherman. Sherman (1933-1988) and his twin brother Ari were born in Israel. Ori studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he was identified with the San Francisco Renaissance. His work is held by the Judah L. Magnus Museum at the University of California, Berkeley.

Front flap:

"In this extraordinary book two artists have taken the phrases and images of the Creation to heart and produced a joyous, vividly imagined, and graceful interpretation of the chapter of Genesis.

"Ori Sherman's glorious paintings swirl with the glowing chaos of the unformed world, then shine with the first light, and burst into life with the creation of living things. His unique vision is mirrored in the words of acclaimed poet Stephen Mitchell, who has newly translated and adapted the Biblical Hebrew text with a fresh simplicity that remains true to the original."
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Condition*: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Two small tears on the front, taped from inside; one small closed tear on the back, along the foredge, taped from inside; two small chips at head and tail of the spine; small crimp on the front, top edge; shallow crease on the back; mild edge wear, slight ruffling along top edge. Back cover board has a tiny chip. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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