Ein Kalender für das Jahr 1933 Mit Fabeln nach Aesop und Anderen (Cover: Klingspor Kalendar für das Jahr 1933)
. Gedruckt und herausgegeben von Gebr. Klingspor . Offenbach a.M. ,
Aesop et al
CE61.G3 K55 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
Aesop et al
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This is one of the happiest finds of my twenty-five years of collecting. I first knew of this book from Anne Stevenson Hobbs' book on books in the Victoria and Albert Museum. I had it in my hands when I visited the museum. I presumed that I would never have a chance at finding a copy for the collection. Germany after 1933 was not a good place for preserving ephemera like a calendar. I was amazed when the book came up on eBay and more amazed when no one bid against me! This hardbound book about 4 x 7 begins with a page for each month (2-13). Each page has a bird illustration at the top appropriate to the season. What follows is the liturgical calendar of saints and Sundays, with the Sundays printed in red, and phases of the moon noted. There follow then nineteen pages of fables, about one to a page, each with an illustration (14-32). Hobbs chooses well when she selects the woodcuts of Der schöpfende Hirsch (16) and Der Fuchs und die Schwalbe (23) for her book. They are exquisite. Her version of the former is colored, while none of the woodcuts here are colored. FC (18) and FK (26) are presented with figures situated at the top and bottom of the page, respectively, with text in between. BF (22) is another excellent woodcut. The woodcut for Der Bauch und die Glieder (29) is appropriately macabre. What a treasure! Formerly in the collection of Carl and Margaret Rollins.