Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Infinite Collection

So, while we're in the vast library of the last post, let's examine a book at random. Hmm, no dust to be seen on any volume. Someone takes good care of the infinite collection. Let's just stroll along the mezzanine level and reaching out . . . take a . . . book . . . from . . . there.

There. What do we have? Ah — Translations from the Chinese, by Arthur Waley. Let's see the date, hmm, I always have to think a little harder to figure Roman Numerals . . . ah! 1941 I believe. Only some 70 years ago.

Not a classic, per se, but nice, with nice full-bleed illustrations by . . . Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge. Again, not classic, but serviceable and appropriate to the times of 1941.

Take a look-see.

Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge — Translations from the Chinese — 1941


Kid said...

Just looking at these pictures brings with it a pleasant sense of serenity. The visual equivalent of listening to a nice slow Jim Reeves ballad. (Or insert your own relaxing musical choice.)

B. said...

exactly . . . serenity and innocence, I hope.


Yves Ker Ambrun said...

Damn well nice! Well, beautiful, actually.
Thanks again, Thom, for posting things like that. I never heard or seen anything by this artist, but now I just love it. I'll try to get this book.
What would we do, what would we look at, without your blogs? You're doing a great cultural and visual job here.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Yves, Yves, Yves, how you do go on.

DO go on!