Happy Friday! Shown above is Robin Jacques' dust jacket illustration for "A Choice of Magic," a 1971 anthology of folk and fairy tales by Ruth Manning-Sanders. The book is a collection of tales pulled from the "A Book of..." volumes published by Manning-Sanders up to that date, and serves as an excellent introduction to her work. And it's a great value, too, as it contains 32 stories.
It's really a marvelous illustration. You should click on it for a bigger view, so that you can admire all of great detail in Jacques' work.
And here are some articles for your weekend reading pleasure...
- Narratively: "The Bank of Bygone Bookmarks," a feature story by Shannon Firth about Forgotten Bookmarks author Michael Popek
- Floobynooby: "An awesome speech by Bill Watterson delivered at the Festival of Cartoon Art, Ohio State University, October 27, 1989" The New York Times: "For Sports Fans, Before the Internet, There Were the Complete Handbooks" by Pete Croatto
- The Atlantic: "A Watershed Moment for Hollywood's Animal-Rights Movement?" by Noah Gittell
- The Telegraph: "The Brothers Grimm weren't just about fairy tales. They also transformed how we think about language" by Tom Chivers
And, finally, this back-and-forth about old American bookplates:
- Fine Books and Collections: "The First American Bookplate?" By Rebecca Rego Barry
- Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie: "The Oldest American Bookplate" by Lew Jaffe
- Fine Books and Collections: "The First American Bookplate, Reconsidered" by Rebecca Rego Barry