Not so long ago I encountered a photo of the binding of the 1930 Gonin edition of Le Livre des Rois, L Avenement de Salomon illustrated by French artist Francois Louis Schmied. It is a stunning example of an Art Deco binding, and such a thing…
The Sports of Cruelty: Fairies, folksongs, charms and other country matters in the work of William Blake by John Adlard is both a little gem of folk tale snippets and an analysis of William Blake’s use of fairies and folklore in his work.
Hoffman moves us swiftly through dreamlike states (through fire and ash, and gardens and woods, through the heart of one young girl) and does not waste one single word in doing so, nor do we find any extraneous word.
Everyone needs a touchstone sometimes, and right now I need one of mine. It is a little book called Take Joy by Jane Yolen.