Fabeln des Aesop

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1963
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This portfolio is mysterious. I am delighted to have found it. I had not known of it previously. Erwin Poell was born in 1930 and retired in 2005. I can find no indication of how limited the edition of this work was. These sheets are large: 18 x 13¾. How nice that Poell identifies himself as from Mannheim! Overall one finds here one double leaf (title, contents & colophon) and eight folio sheets printed in different fonts with colored illustrations. My research was made more difficult by my being told that the illustrator was Edwin Poell. The seller notes slight dulling around the edges, in a red card folio folder which has some minor edge wear. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. In each of the lovely illustrations, very nicely integrated with the text, there seem to be two colors beyond black. Perhaps most striking of the illustrations is Die Tanzenden Affen. The apes reaching for nuts -- and so disrupting their scripted performance -- are almost skeletons. Another striking illustration is that for Krebs und Schlange. The now-straight snake moves down the center of the page. GA here is presented rather as Ameise und Mistkaefer. An important part of the exercise in producing this lovely work was offering a different font for each fable. This is a lovely work!
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