Friday, January 10, 2014

The Rebus Riddle Rhymes of Mother Goose

One can't help but fall in love with Joseph Low's spirited pen work. This video presentation takes a close view at some of my favorite works of his, from the playful Mother Goose Riddle Rhymes, first published in 1953 by Harcourt, Brace & Co., NY, which he co-wrote with his wife, Ruth Low. Joseph Low's expressive line art illustrations of rebus rhymes and riddles are perfectly paired with his fine type and hand lettering compositions. The New York Times later awarded it the "Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year" in 1953, and AIGA named it one of the top "Fifty Books of the Year" in 1954. Joseph Low (1911-2007) eventually achieved a long and varied career as a successful illustrator of books, magazine and album covers. In 1960 he acquired an old Washington hand press from a defunct newspaper and began his own private press, publishing short stories and poetry under the imprint "Eden Hill Press" from Newton, Connecticut. Prized by collectors, these limited edition books reveal his diverse talents as writer, illustrator, printer, typographer, and lettering artist.

::Source: Cligne Cligne Magazine

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post Jennnifer. I just shared it over at 'Children's Illustration' ( What a beautiful book!



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