The Artist's Own Mock-Up, with His Original Pencil Drawings and Original Revised Watercolors

    [Cheloniidae Press]. Alan James Robinson. A Fowl Alphabet, Twenty-six Wood Engravings by Alan James Robinson. [Easthampton, Massachusetts]: Cheloniidae Press, 1986.

    One-of-a-kind publisher's mock-up. With three folders containing the first mock-up of the book, a complete set of original pencil drawings created to guide Suzanne Moore, the calligrapher, and a complete set of new watercolors by Alan James Robinson on special cold-pressed watercolor paper, with corrections and improvements to the original suite. All three folders laid into a custom clamshell box with paper spine label. Also, laid in is a typed letter signed by Robinson detailing his progress on the design of the book. Fine.

    Artist and designer Alan James Robinson worked to continually improve the images and coloring for A Fowl Alphabet, arguably his most successful work. In the enclosed letter to one of his patrons, he explains his progress on the book and he enumerates the contents of this "special." A fascinating look into the evolution of a book.

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