Notecards || Philip Van Aver

Notecards || Philip Van Aver


Two sets of ten different notecards featuring illustrations of Mother Goose rhymes by Philip Van Aver.

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Card Set One
Card Set Two
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In 1970 celebrated New York artist Philip Van Aver created 20 illustrations for a collection of Mother Goose rhymes, published under the Grabhorn-Hoyem imprint. Now, fifty years later, we are reviving this charming series of drawings for a limited run of personal note cards to be issued in 2 sets of 10 illustrations each. The cards are blank inside, with an image on the front panel and its rhyme imprinted in Monotype Cheltenham on the back. Included are all of the favorite classics, in addition to lesser-known rhymes: “The Man in the Moon,” “Young Lambs to Sell,” and  “Banbury Cross.” To display the intricate fretwork of Van Aver’s mesmerizing drawings, the cards have been printed as French folds on dampened handmade blue paper—the identical Barcham Green sheet especially made for the 1979 Arion Press edition of Moby-Dick. The cards measure 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” when folded and arrive boxed with A2 envelopes. Philip Van Aver’s work is featured in the summer 2019 edition of Artforum, and we are grateful to him for inspiring this collaboration.

Two sets of ten different images each are available for purchase for $60.