Books and illustrations

If you know me, you know I like fancy books. Illuminated, leatherbound etc. But I am especially picky about illustrations. Some books don’t have any or many (The Hobbit) and some can only have one artist- Pauline Baynes for Narnia, for example. But some books have been illustrated over and over again and I get to pick which ones I like best for that book. Some times that’s easy- Rackham for Midsummer Night’s Dream or Norman Rockwell for Tom Sawyer.

Yesterday I discovered that a couple of books have illustrators that I did not know about. “Little Women” is one- I have the Juanita Bennett illustrations (only the first book, sadly) but I discovered yesterday that Norman Rockwell also illustrated Little Women- sort of. He did a series of paintings and drawings which were never published in a copy of the book. Oh now, really? I want copies of all of them and I’ll tip them into a book and make my own, thanks.

I also discovered that “The Wind in the Willows” was illustrated by Rackham, then by E H Shepard (of Winnie the Pooh) and then by Tasha Tudor. Oh for heavens sake- which one do I choose? (No, only one. I’m not having three copies- one of them is best… but which one?) So now I’m dithering. And it’s entirely a matter of personal taste- my best is not someone else’s best.

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4 Responses to Books and illustrations

  1. Juliet T says:

    Hi! This is Julia (ScarletWitch from the BGG) and I just wanted to leave you a comment because I am in love with your blog!
    Great layout but especially great contents 🙂 I love your quilts! And I share your love for books!

    • wren08 says:

      Hi Julia! I’m quite tickled that you’re enjoying my ramblings! The layout is just a wordpress standard, I think- I can program a little in HTML but the last time I actually built any webpages, I was dreaming in HTML for a week. Not worth it!

      I noticed on your Instagram that there was a Jennifer Chevarini book- do you like the series? I do and have all of them!

      • Juliet T says:

        LOL 😀

        Oh yes I LOVE HER BOOKS!
        It’s such a nice and enjoyable reading, I like all the talk about quilting and how it ties people together and the history part behind it… I have the first six books about Sylvia and her circle of friends but I guess I still miss some other volumes if I remember correctly 🙂 (sorry for the late reply. I thought I would get a notification automaticly on my email as it happened on my blog)

  2. Juliet T says:

    But now I noticed that if I don’t check it before posting my comment it’s not possible 😀

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