Springdale, Utah: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, 1986. Limited Edition. Twenty-five linoleum block prints on Rives paper, each the final printing of an edition of fifty. Prints titled and hand-numbered ‘50/50’ in pencil below image, with the blindstamp of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Each print includes a “Certificate of Warranty and Authenticity” issued by SUWA and hand-signed by printers Thomas Carlyle and Stuart Steinhardt. The paper dimensions of all but one print are 9.75” x 13”; the remaining sheet measures 8.5” x 9.75”. The block prints themselves vary in size. Stored in mylar sleeves, within a handsome black portfolio. Fine. Item #52502
Ruess designed and carved these blocks during the five years before his 1934 disappearance in the Escalante canyons. In 1985, Ruess’ brother, Waldo, found them in a garden shed. Waldo Ruess collaborated with SUWA on this limited-edition printing, which was produced as a fundraiser for the organization. The blocks were donated to the Utah State Historical Society on condition that they never be printed from again. Many of the sets were broken up for individual sale, and no other complete sets are currently on the market.
The mystery surrounding artist and poet Everett Ruess (1914-1934) continues to the present day. Ruess, who loved to explore the expansive lands of the West, disappeared in the wilderness of Utah in 1934. No trace of him has ever been found.