Item #304 Five Fables by Pilpay; | Retold by William Rueter | Linocuts by Elizabeth Creith. William Rueter.
Five Fables by Pilpay; | Retold by William Rueter | Linocuts by Elizabeth Creith
Five Fables by Pilpay; | Retold by William Rueter | Linocuts by Elizabeth Creith
Five Fables by Pilpay; | Retold by William Rueter | Linocuts by Elizabeth Creith

Five Fables by Pilpay; | Retold by William Rueter | Linocuts by Elizabeth Creith

[Toronto]: The Aliquando Press, 1981. Octavo, 25.5 x 17.6 cm. Cased in full Indonesian batik cloth over boards. The batik was handmade and repeats a geometric star motif in cream with brown accents on a black background. Paper labels to the spine and upper cover; both are printed with the title in oxblood and accented with foliate printer’s ornaments in orange. Tawny orange Byronic Text endpapers. All edges neatly trimmed. Unpaginated [ll. 20: double-leaves]. Creasing, a few bruises, and a diagonal tear of roughly 1.5 cm along the edge of the upper cover label; the label is also stained and soiled along the same edge, and in two other spots. There is a faint bump just below the head of the spine under the cloth; there is no damage to the surface there, save for a very faint crease to the label; but viewed in profile, the spine has a subtle step. A few subtle and minor adhesive stains to both covers. The sewing is a little loose in places. There is also a small but noticeable stain to the top of the colophon page and facing verso. Neat gift inscription [from the illustrator?] in ink to the recto of the front free endpaper: “December 1981 | Dear Barbara, Here’s a little book for you; and if you can’t read the stories, you can always look at the pictures! Love, Elizabeth.” In spite of the long litany, still approaching a very good copy. The text was set in Pegasus and Albertus, both designed by Berthold Wolpe, and printed on Zephyr Antique paper. The text is illustrated with 12 linocuts by Elizabeth Creith. Four, including the frontispiece, are full-page. The linocuts were printed in orange, rust, dark green, oxblood, and dark brown. From an edition of 100 numbered copies, this being number 12. (The Aliquando Century, BK 49). Item #304

“The fables of Pilpay or Bidpai were written in Sanskrit in the fourth century. Because of their popularity the stories were translated into Persian, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin before the first printed version in Germany in 1483.

These stories depicting the human virtues and vices in the animal world are like interlocking boxes in a Chinese puzzle; one tale relates to another. Using an early nineteenth century translation as a basis, I have adapted five typical fables that show the wisdom and reason of the animal characters.” — William Rueter, from the Preface.

Price: $195.00

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