. Brigitte Hanf . Providence
PA3855.E5 H37 1956 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Now here is a find! Only six copies were printed! The illustration style is indeed unusual as one can see well in the illustration for the first fable, CJ. Hanf's moral cleverly points to Midas surrounded by precious things and hungering for simple meat and drink. A favorite illustration, integrating red with the usual black-and-white, is for A Fox and a Bramble. Why seek relief from something that offends everyone? Why ask an enemy for help? The fourth of the seven fables here gets a single illustration in two parts on the left-hand page and then a filmy overlay fitting between the text on the right-hand page. Might this have been a mistake corrected with a separate printing of the illustration? The illustration for The Countryman and the Snake is among the most lavish; it features, as does the smaller title-page illustration, a bird in a tree and a snake at its base. The finale for this impressive slender book is Fishing in Trouble Waters with delightful fish-forms and three energetic human beings. The pages are double sided. This book was in a musty place for too long! Might it have been a student's project for a course? Brigitte Hanf seems to have gone on to illustrate several books, including Beowulf.