Monday Motivation Owl
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee. Job 12:7
For your Monday motivation we present the 1979 Janus Press edition of James Cortese’s award-winning book of fables, What the Owl Said, with relief prints by Claire Van Vliet. Limited to an edition of 90 copies, Van Vliet hand-set and printed the text in Trump Mediaeval, with the prologue and epilogue in Rudolf Koch’s Walldau, on Promatco Heavy Library Endleaf with Fabriano end papers. The edition was hand-bound in full, printed Belgian linen over boards by James Bicknell. Our copy bears a signed presentation inscription from Van Vliet to our friend and benefactor Jerry Buff.
James Cortese, who earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board for What the Owl Said. Even though the owl has a powerful visual presence in this book and is the subject of the title, it only makes a silent, distant appearance, and from this the entire set of stories begins and ends.
Saying everything without uttering a sound – Now THAT’S motivation!! Listen to what the owl said!
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