(Ariosto Press)

A Celtic Lover's Book of Ornamental Beasts.

Young, Elaine (illus.)

Northampton: Ariosto Press, 1965. Octavo. (25)pp. One of 100 copies, signed by the artist. A student of Leonard Baskin, Young riffs on his dynamic and mythical style to create her own fanciful beasts, emblems of particular ornamental characters (the "Bulla" as a Papal Bull "known for its dogma," the "Homo litterarum" as an airy academic, the "Avis invulgaris" as an aristrocrat who "is habitually performing acts of charity and voting against antipoverty legislations"). Young's preface describes the contents as "hallucinogenic material...the result of a diverse program of cognitive meanderings." The first book of the press. Young's name pops up as a contributor on other Baskin-circle projects, including the Apiary Press' Certain Elizabethan and Jacobean Playwrights. Bound in full tan paper over boards with paper label at upper cover. Mild rubbing to exterior, else near fine. Bookplate of Harold Hugo, then president of the Meriden Gravure Company. Item #33346

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