On my visits to Chris Mullen's incredible and huge website The visual telling of stories, self-described as
"a lyrical encyclopedia of visual proportions", I always discover lots of interesting and beautiful vintage gems,
from 1950s USA advertising to Edward Bawden's illustrations, to Fortune magazine covers and spreads,
and much much more.
A recent find I have fallen in love with is
I love everything about it, from
the stylized humorous illustrations and three-color scheme, to the verses' funny and lightly blasphemous take
on Noah's old story. I am quite sure that getting a hold of a copy of this real treasure is no small feat...
...and aren't the endpapers heavenly?
Addendum – thanks to Dutch connoisseur Arthur van Kruining for the following information:
The book was published in 1918. Fish was a popular cartoonist at the time. She had already published
one or two of her EVE books. EVE was a comic (sort of) that ran in the TATLER about a flapper avant-la-lettre
who wants to do everything in her power to cheer up the British soldiers fighting in the trenches.
It has lots of Style and the same whimsicality that pervades NOAH'S ARK BOOK.
(Which reminds me a lot of the whimsicality of Oliver Herford's earlier animal books.)
...and congratulations for being able to obtain a copy of the book!
(you can find out how reading Arthur's comment below)