Santa Rosa, CA: Bet Alpha Editions, 2000. Limited first edition. Loose leaf. 1/22. 23 loose plates (22 prints + title plate). A beautiful set of 22 serigraphs (screen-prints) comprising acclaimed Jewish artist David Moss' conception of an abstracted mystical alphabet, based on the traditional Hebrew letters. Each print visually corresponds to a letter of the so-called ancient 'angelic' kabbalistic alphabet, here named for the angel Metatron. This angel is noted in the talmudic Jewish, Christian and Kabbalistic traditions, and is known as the highest angel and the angelic scribe. The alphabet has also been associated with Kabbalah Maasit or Jewish magic.
Each plate measures 10x12", and is screen-printed and hand-colored various vibrant hues, on 300 gram Arches Rives paper from France. The title plate is also a serigraph, printed on the same paper, but cut thinner, to the dimensions of 6x11", and mounted on heavy stock black paper, measuring 10x12".
This set is one of 22 copies produced of the deluxe edition, in which each serigraph (including the title plate) is individually signed in pencil by David Moss, and hand-numbered in the bottom margin of the plate, in Hebrew numerals, alef:kap-bet to kap-bet:kap-bet. This set is numbered 'yud-het:kap-bet' (#18). However this is only one full set of prints. The second set of prints and the acrylic display frame, as originally issued, is not included. The prints are accompanied by a printout of David Moss' lengthy and detailed description of the work.
The set is in near fine condition overall. near fine. Item #52166