(New York): Pantheon Books, (1965). Single volume, measuring 8.25 x 6 inches: . Original gold cloth blind-stamped with an image of the sun, spine lettered in black, pictorial endpapers printed in red and black, original clipped color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrations printed in red and black throughout text. Jacket lightly toned, a few stray smudges to rear panel of jacket.
First edition of this graphically striking collaboration between writer Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) and artist Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013). Though best known as a writer of children’s books like The Carrot Seed and A Hole Is To Dig, Krauss was an experimental poet and playwright as well. This collection brings together absurdist pieces that originally appeared in little magazines including Kulchur, Locus Solus, and C: A Journal of Poetry. Selections include “Spring Song,” “It Is Following You Right Now,” and “Yuri Gagarin & William Shakespeare:” “too short / too hot / and often could see the earth my native / fair from fair sometime declines / through portholes no / by chance or / speed and changing course / shall not fade.” Illustrator Frasconi was an innovator of the modern woodcut, producing an influential body of work in graphic design, fine press printing, and picture books. A near-fine copy of a diverting book.