The Abduction of Proserpina — Nicolae Maniu

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L’Enlevement de Proserpine (The Abduction of Proserpina), 1985 by Nicolae Maniu (b. 1944)

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Red Haired Man on a Chair — Lucian Freud

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Red Haired Man on a Chair, 1963-64 by Lucian Freud

Jason — J.M.W. Turner

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Jason, 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)

Tomer Hanuka’s film posters for Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita

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An Arm Chair — J.M.W. Turner

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An Arm Chair, c.1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)

Two-Legged Ass-Headed Monster — George Dance

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1. Caricature. A Woman Seated on a Two-Legged Ass-Headed Monster Straddling a Man in Military Uniform, 1809 by George Dance (1741–1825)

The Bed, The Chair, Waiting — Eric Fischl

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The Bed, The Chair, Waiting, 2000 by Eric Fischl (b. 1948)

An illustrated Devil’s Dictionary (Book acquired, 14 April 2017)

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I couldn’t pass up this 1958 illustrated edition of Ambrose Bierce’s caustic classic The Devil’s Dictionary. It’s published by The Peter Pauper Press, with art by Joseph Low. I took the matching dust jacket off for the scan above. A sample of the innards:

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Chair — Matthias Weischer

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Chair, 2004 by Matthias Weischer (b. 1974)

Shore for the Unmanned — Jean-Pierre Roy

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Shore for the Unmanned, 2014 by Jean-Pierre Roy (b. 1974)

Self Portrait as Great Scout Leader III — Julie Heffernan

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Self Portrait as Great Scout Leader III, 2010 by Julie Heffernan (b. 1956)

A Chronicle of Drifting — Kansuke Yamamoto

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A Chronicle of Drifting, 1949 by Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-87)

Dream — Lajos Gulácsy

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Dream, 1903 by Lajos Gulácsy (1882-1932)

Miguel Ángel Asturias’s weird novel Mulata (Book acquired, 14 April 2017)

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I admit that I picked up Miguel Ángel Asturias’s 1963 novel Mulata de Tal because of the cover and blurb alone. This 1982 translation is by Gregory Rabassa, and part of a series of Latin American authors that Avon/Bard put out in really cool attractive mass market paperbacks in the 1980s. The titles can be hit or miss, but I like the energy of the first two chapters of Mulata. Back cover blurb:

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Sunday Comics

Pages and panels from “The Parliament of Trees,” Swamp Thing #47 (April, 1986) by Alan Moore with guest art by Stan Woch and Ron Randall and colors by Tatjana Wood. Seemed appropriate for Earth Day weekend (and I’m still burning through Moore’s run on Swamp Thing.

In this issue, Swamp Thing goes to South America via his death/resurrection power.

–and gets a new “costume”—

He meets other flora Elementals: There’s a cool splash page:

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From Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. 

Originally published in 1906; the image is from The Peter Pauper Press’s 1958 illustrated edition, with art by Joseph Low.

 

Pity — William Blake

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Pity, c. 1795 by William Blake (1757–1827)