An Animated Alphabet (1996)
In the 1960s, Philip Hofer of Harvard’s Houghton Library commissioned the British illustrator to create a series of bestiaries. A black and white edition of An Animated Alphabet appeared in 1967. The publisher David Godine issued this full color edition in 1996. In the interim, other abecedaries also appeared, including the colorful Angel’s Alphabet in 1986 and An Alphabet of Flowers in 1987.
From An Animated Alphabet
An Alphabet of Garden Flowers
Casebound with decorated endpapers. H205 x W140 mm, 66 pages.
Casebound with decorated endpapers. H140 x W 160 mm, 60 pages.
Acquired 9 June 2021. Photos: Books On Books Collection
Even with different audiences, Angel’s style and eye for choice show through from A to Z.
“Abecedaries I (in progress)“, Books On Books Collection, 31 March 2020.