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. Before the Godine edition, other abecedaries appeared, including Marie Angel’s Exotic Alphabet (a lift-the-flap double-sided accordion book) in 1992, the colorful Angel’s Alphabet in 1986 and An Alphabet of Flowers in 1987.
From An Animated Alphabet
Marie Angel’s Exotic Alphabet (1992)
Ribbon-tied, paper on boards case, inclosing lift-the-flap double-sided accordion book. Closed: H172 x W202 x D28 mm. Open: W2730 mm, 27 panels, including title panel. Acquired from Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books, 7 September 2021.
Photos: Books On Books Collection.
An Alphabet of Garden Flowers (1987)
Casebound with decorated endpapers. H205 x W140 mm, 66 pages.
Angel’s Alphabet (1996)
Casebound with decorated endpapers. H140 x W 160 mm, 60 pages.
Acquired 7 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.