Donald Saff: Fables: Hand Colored Etchings
. Getler/Pall Gallery , The Gallery . New York
NE2012.S2 A4 1979 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This little (4½ x 7¼) book is a curiosity. I bought it on the basis of its title and subtitle. Imagine my surprise when it arrived! It is a black-and-white catalogue of an exhibition of twenty-nine hand-colored prints by Donald Saff. The silver front cover features a colored print of Our Lady of Sarcasm (print #4). To judge from it, I believe that the engravings would gain a lot from being seen in color. Several of the engravings work off of traditional fables, like The Wolf Who Cried 'Seagull' and The Man Who Cried 'Grapes.' Many more have titles in the form of fable titles. Among these areThe Seal and the Seal; The Elephant and the Mirror (which appears twice, marked by I and II); The Toucan and the Archetype; The Kob and the Dental Mirror; The Zebra and the Wind; and The Gucci Boot and the Bug. The Wolf Who Cried 'Seagull' is among the most engaging of these works for me. The wolf and a human being share a single eye. Someone has written Prints on the print on the front cover. The Seal and the Seal plays on different meanings of seal. Do not buy this book again!