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1 volume (41 unnumbered] leaves) : chiefly color illustrations (lithographs) ;. "(...) une imagerie d'après un conte de Perrault"--Title page verso. Accordion-folded pages (on a strip 16 x 435 cm folded to 16 x 11 cm) attached to dark red cloth boards; white paper title label printed in olive green affixed to upper board; in matching red cloth slipcase with green and white printed paper label on front. Includes key to ideogramatic characters in French (pages [1]-[2]). Artist's book by Swiss graphic artist and designer Warja Lavater, in which she retells the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm with symbols rather than words or pictures. The images, composed of colored circles and rectangles, were never intended to merely "illustrate" the texts of Perrault and the Grimms, but rather to represent a "re-writing" or "réécriture" using visual codes or pictograms as graphic representations of linguistic elements, which would allow the spectator/reader to approach the story from a personal point of view. Included is a legend listing the meaning of each symbol; for example, a red dot represents Red Riding Hood, a black circle, the wolf, a brown rectangle the grandmother's house. Originally issued in matching red cloth slipcase with green and white printed paper label on front. This copy is housed in the clear lucite slipcase that predates the cloth slipcase? Printed on front side only.

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Paris : Adrien Maeght, 1965.


© Paris : Adrien Maeght, 1965.

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folded books; paper


16 x 435 cm, folded to 16 x 11 cm

Le Petit Chaperon Rouge



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