Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Notte di Luna

 Fabio de Poli is a contemporary Italian artist living in Firenze.
Since the 1970s he has been creating and exhibiting paintings, collages, posters, 
artist books, sculptures, installations, mosaics, furniture and glass panels. 
Notte di Luna came out in 2004, the first in a series of four books
produced with Andrea Rauch for the small Florentine publisher Volo.
The wordless volume won the H.C. Andersen award in 2005.

A pond at night. The silent moon is mirrored in the water. 
Animals suddenly appear and try to talk to her, 
each with its own language, as in a daydream. 
(from the back cover)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Safari - The Circus is Back in Town

Circus Minsk vintage poster, thanks to Pavel Fuksa aka jergot+gotroch

The Annual Animalarium Circus Extravaganza Returns!

Circus print by Chamo 

 Donald Brun, Circus poster, 1958

 Gioia Fiammenghi, illustration from Bigger and Smaller, 1971, 

John Burningham, illustration from Cannonball Simp

 Joachim Quelque Chose, thanks to Ribambelles et Ribambins

 Waldemar Swierzy Circus poster, 1979

Otto DixKinderalbum

Alice and Martin ProvensenThe Golden Circus Book endpapers

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ghosts of Insects Past

Father Christmas brings gifts to bugs, and that makes me feel good inside.
Six minutes of enchanted pre-revolutionary bliss 
from the father of Russian animation Wladislaw Starewicz.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Creatures of Christmas Past

Prang's Natural History Series for Children, 1878

I recently spent a few happy hours browsing the huge archives of the International
 Children's DIgital Library, in particular the incredibly rich Baldwin Collection 
consisting of 1986 books published for children from the mid-to-late 19th century. 
The collection was contributed to the ICDL by the Baldwin Library of Historical 
Children's Materials at the University of Florida and digitized through grants 
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The International Children's DIgital Library won the American Library Association
President's 2010 Award for International Library Innovation, and was named one of 
25 best websites for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians.

Elise Bake, Der Ball der Tiere, 1891

The scans are wonderful and I can almost smell the old yellowed paper...
These nostalgic covers go very well with my own sentimental take on festivities,
right next to Christmas Pudding, glass baubles and old Hollywood movies!

 The Dog's Grand Dinner Party, 1869

 The Carrion Crow, 1880

 Dash's Holiday, 1880

 Child's First Book, 1880

 J. Lawson, Clever Hans, 1880

Robert Michael Ballantyne, Chit-Chat by a Motherly Cat, 1888

 Giacomelli, Bird Pictures, 1880

Justin H. Howard, Domestic Animals, 1884

 Domestic Animals, 1880

William Small and Harrison Weir, The Childrens Posy, 1879

The Bird and Insects' Post Office, 1880

 The Discontented Frogs, 1880

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Safari - Winter Wonderland

Vyacheslav Legkobit, Did Oksenik

Yesterday I walked for hours in a Firenze completely transformed 
by a thick blanket of snow. It' s been a very extra-ordinary weekend 
for everybody here; magic for some, dramatic for others...
what a difference a snowstorm makes!

Richard Scarry, I am a Bunny, 1963
Murzilka magazine n. 12, 1980, thanks to Martin Klasch

  Jingle Bells by J. P. Miller, 1964 and

 How Six Found Christmas by Trina Schart Hyman 
thanks for both images to the always lovely Vintage Kids Books My Kid Loves

 can't find the info for this nice Russian bear...

 Renata Liwska, Holiday surprise

 Komako Sakai, The Snow Day

Leonard Weisgard, Baby elephant and the secret wishes

 Pet polar bear by Aurelius Battaglia, 1950 
thanks to art.crazed

Mathilde Nivet, Winter sports

Irene Schoch, Je souris toute l'année


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