30 september 2012


19 short folktales written by Richard Adams
with illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert
and Jennifer Campbell

I found this nice book (1980) on a fleamarket,
my edition is in dutch!


In this volume Richard Adams has collected
together nineteen enchanting folk-tales from
almost as many parts of the world - from Europe
to China and from Polynesia to the Arctic Circle.
Each has a special magic, an aura that is sometimes
beautiful and fascinating, sombre and frightening,
or exciting and colourful. But what unites all these
stories is the essential quality of folk-lore,
something that transcends the boundaries of nations,
of custom and time, that gives them their permanence
and universality of appeal. 'Authors need folk-tales,'
Richard Adams says, 'in the same way as composers
need folk-song. They're the headspring of the narrator's art,
where the story stands forth at its simple, irreducible best.
They don't date, any more than dreams, for they
are the collective dreams of humanity.'
In order to preserve as far as possible the immediacy
and directness of authentic folk story-telling, each
of the nineteen tales is presented as being told by
an imagined narrator to one or more hearers at
a particular time and place, sometimes past,
sometimes present. However, the reader is never told
the identity either of the teller or his hearers,
but is left free to infer both them and the occasion
solely from the narrator's own words.
This original technique adds a novel dash of piquancy
to this fine collection.
Click here! 


19 september 2012

~Melanie Delon

Melanie Delon

Born in 1980 In France, and as far as she can
remember she has always drawn. But on paper.

Melanie studied archeology and history of arts,
then she went to a gamedesign school (for 2 years),
which just was not her thing.

She discovered Photoshop in 2005, since then
Melanie has became addicted to it.
All subjects are interest, they just have to talk to her,
but fantasy and dreamy subjects are her favourite's.

LINK HERE to see more
.Melanie Delon. Melanie Delon. Melanie Delon  .Melanie Delon. Melanie Delon

10 september 2012

Walt Whitman

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less
than the journey-work of the stars.”
—Walt Whitman, born June 5, 1819

9 september 2012

Lello & Irmao in Porto
Lello & Irmao in Porto, Portugal
usually makes the various lists of  The Top 10
Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. 
It opened in 1906 and  features stunning Art Deco
woodwork, a stained glass ceiling, and ornate
shelving with a dramatic staircase up
the center of the store.

8 september 2012

~Vintage book

Leslie Brooke

A  little book full of black and white drawings
and color plates like these.
It can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

Leslie BrookeThe Man in the Moon
Came tumbling down,
And asked his way to Norwich..

Leslie Brooke  The Lion and the Unicorn
Were fighting for the Crown;
The Lion beat the Unicorn
All round about the town.

6 september 2012

5 september 2012

” If you don’t be be quiet ” shouted the lad to the troll,
” I’ll squeeze you just as
I squeeze the water out of this stone. “


A wonderful illustration
by Theodor Kittelsen
found HERE!!!

with thanks to Mette.

3 september 2012

Literature takes you places.
Where do you want to go first?