Sunday, February 06, 2011

A Book of Fabulous Beasts

A Book of Fabulous Beasts: Old Stories Retold
by A. M. Smyth
Oxford University Press, London, 1946 (second impression)
The first fabulous thing about this book is the patterned paper used for the jacket and boards (top) the second fabulous thing is the design of the endpapers - have you ever seen endpapers decorated with repeating dragons before? And then, of course, there's the woodblock illustrations of the fabulous beasts themselves by Dorothy Fitch who, as far as I can tell only illustrated a couple of other books. There's another fabulous thing too... this is not an expensive book!

1 comment:

J said...

Nice artwork. I'm told that if you put a sheet of black paper behind what you're scanning, there's less bleed-through of the type from the other side...

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