More End Papers To Share

img168To those who read my last post:  Did you find any interesting books on your bookshelf? Please share!
Here’s a few more end papers.

These are by the husband and
wife team of illustrators,
Ingri & Edgar Parin  D’Aulaire.

Norse MythsThe first is the D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths, original copyright 1967 and renewed in 1995 by family members.  My copy was a gift from one of my sisters. img169 The end papers show a map of The 9 Norse Worlds.

And on my bookshelf, another book with pictures by the D’Aulaires.   This one is The Lord’s Prayer, published in 1943 by Doubleday, Doran & Company.

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img164prayerThis book came to my collection from my great-aunt. (I shared a few of her books last post.)

I originally thought all the illustrations used colored pencils.  However,  the flap  of the Norse books says “originally they used stone lithography for their illustrations.  A single four-color illustration required four slabs of Bavarian limestone that weighed up to two hundred pounds apiece.  The technique gave their illustrations an uncanny hand-drawn vibrancy.”  They used the technique until the early 1960′s when the process became too expensive and then switched to another technique that approximated the texture of lithographic stone.

Here’s a few of the book illustrations from The Lord’s Prayer.  
prayer 1

Enjoy!!  prayer 2

 

 

 

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About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found at:www.wingsofwonder.worpress.com Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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3 Responses to More End Papers To Share

  1. I’m reading Dante’s Inferno right now and the version I’ve got has beautiful end papers! I thought of you when I opened the book. :-)

  2. Wenona says:

    A fascinating history and beautiful illustrations!

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