Anno's Alphabet, An Adventure in Imagination.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, Slim 4to, ff. Illustrated throughout entirely with color plates within b/w elaborate borders. Original quarter cloth and illustrated boards, dust-jacket, as new. First American Edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author in 1977 in Japanese and English. A fascinating alphabet book by the well-known Japanese artist who has represented each letter as a wood construction that, Escher-like, is actually perspectively impossible. In addition, the borders are visual puns; at first they seem innocuous motifs of flowers, animals, and whimsical creatures in the William Morris tradition, but upon closer examination each one contains objects beginning with the letter in question -- thus the border to the letter I is composed of ivy intertwined with iguanas for example. Anno is a highly revered and renowned artist in Japan and has also received high honors in the US, especially for this book.
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