American Indian, Antonio Frasconi, Arches, Connecticut, Hosho, owl, South Norwalk, woodcut, xylograph
“At night may I roam
When the owl is hooting
At dawn may I roam
When the crow is calling
Then may I roam.” – Teton Sioux
SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT: THE AMERICAN INDIAN AND THE OWL
Antonio Frasconi (1919-2013)
South Norwalk, CT: Winter 1994-1995
Earth tones contrast with night colors of deep purple, black and silver. Overprinted by Antonio Frasconi, adding layer upon layer of color, on Hosho and Arches paper. Twelve leaves of color woodcuts and xylographic text in brown. Full-page portrait of an American Indian in earth tones faces a full-page owl in purple and black, followed by seven double-spreads of a poem and an owl, concluding with a double-spread of the land and sky at night. Brown endpapers. Full color woodcut wrap-around cover. Slipcase covered with an additional woodcut, xylographic label. One of ten copies, signed.
For more about Antonio Frasconi and more of his work, see our post: “Rare Books Acquisition Made Possible with Help of Latin American Studies.”
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