Friday, 5 August 2011

Friday afternoon treat - The story without an end




The story without an end From the German of Carove translated by Sarah Austen, published in 1872.

I’ve just catalogued this and thought it would be nice to share some of the beautiful illustrations with you.  There are fifteen chromolithographs by E.V.B ( The Hon. Eleanor Vere Boyle, British Artist, 1825-1916)  plus a sepia frontispiece and black/white title vignette and line drawn tailpieces.








The handsome upper cover has double black rules enclosing a gilt design of a dragonfly in a spider's web with a border of ivy leaves and butterflies. Title in gilt to front and spine and all page edges gilt.

 







Sarah Austin's translation of Carove's story is full of talking flowers, butterflies, bees and will-o'-the wisps. The child in the story is awakened by the rays of the sun and the song of the birds and learns about life through flowers, animals and even a drop of water.

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How about you - do you like this style of illustration?





The story without end is now sold, thank you for your interest.

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