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5 Fabeln für unsere Zeit (Nach James Thurber)


1960? 5 Fabeln für unsere Zeit (Nach James Thurber).  Aus dem Englischen übertragen von Marlies Müller.  Illustriert von Felix Müller.  Loose in a portfolio.  Bremen: Otto Behrens.  €16 from Versandantiquariat Kerstin Daras, Düsseldorf, July, '18.

"Druck für den Freundeskreis der Bremer Kunstschiule."  This is a folio of five 8¼" x 11¾" singlefolds.  Each has a title on the front page, a text on the left-hand page, and a full-page print on the right-hand page.  The illustrations are striking. Sometimes the German has to bend a little to try to meet Thurber.  Thurber's owl story is particularly challenging.  Two moles tried to slip quietly by, unnoticed.  "You!" said the owl.  "Who?"  they responded.  "You two" came the answer.  The German resorts to the clever "You and you."  The crazy questions that are soon asked of this divine figure change to equally crazy questions in German.  I will also list this work among prints, with visuals for each piece.  Do not miss the clever "5" on the cover.   The two copies available on the web have no more idea than I do when this lovely piece was produced.-



The hen that did not want to fly stands at a podium with an anti-flight insignia in front of it. 



"The Little Girl and the Wolf" features a target with a bloody bull's eye between the wolf's two eyes. 



"The Almost Intelligent Fly" features a large poster with "keep on the SAFE SIDE" and five flies.  We find out that they are stuck there. 



"The Owl Who Was God" has a warning triangle on or around his face; otherwise there is a lot of darkness. 



"The Lion Who Wanted to Zoom" has his feathers separated by a white mane that is therefore invisible.