New York: Curt Valentin, 1944. First edition. Decorated Boards with cloth spine. Quarto, pp. 130, indexed, illustrated with 85 b/w line drawings by Alexander Calder, executed in the spring of 1944. This book was printed by S. A. Jacobs at The Golden Eagle Press, Mt. Vernon, in Granjon type, on Arnold Unbleached paper, in an edition of 700 copies; this copy is unnumbered. Good; cover soiled, pages are foxed, spine starting to split. Item #19743
Best known as the creator of the mobile, Alexander Calder turned his extraordinary talents in a variety of directions. Nowhere is his exuberant imagination more apparent than in this captivating collection of line drawings. Rhymes from Mother Goose and other classic sources provide the inspiration for Calder's eighty-five distinctive illustrations.
Originally published in 1944, this compilation of the artist's frank depictions of nudes adds a decidedly adult cast, as well as a new depth and resonance, to a host of familiar chants and verses. James Johnson Sweeney, who selected the verses, contributes an insightful Introduction. His scholarly study of the significance of the nursery rhyme tradition corresponds in wit and subtlety to the expressive brilliance of Calder's drawings. Includes mature content.