Animated Alphabet

Too often in the holidays parents go for the cheap breakable “now” gift. This year  go for the “always” gift. A great book.  To that end, we recommend Marie Angel’s An Animated Alphabet.  A beautiful book that any parent can use to teach children about the natural world and their ABC’s.

Miniaturist painter Marie Angel working in the tradition of Medieval calligraphers creates a whole new level to the art of the  Abecedarium.

Almost thirty years ago, Marie Angel was commissioned by Philip Hofer of the Houghton Library, Harvard University, to create a new animated Alphabet. Harvard published the work however only in black-and-white.

Here it is reproduced as it should be: in full color. All twenty-eight drawings (every letter, plus title and colophon pages), printed in this small bijou of a book. A jewel not only for collectors of alphabet books but for also for any child.

Printed by Godine, — and no we are never afraid at FAB to recommend a great book by another publisher —  you’ll be able to explore more of the book through the magic of Google previews if you visit their site:

Softcover, 64 pages
ISBN 1-56792-023-3
1996, $12.95

And while you’re picking up this treasure for you child, pick yourself up a copy of Nature Illuminated, a 16th-century Abecedarium fit for a king, Rudolph II to be exact.

Available through J. Paul Getty Museum
64 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-0-89236-472-5
1997, $14.95

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