Unique hand-painted ABC artist's book that movingly contrasts the horrors of the Vietnam War with the innocence of the abecedary form.
Near fine in like jacket.
Though this book — attributed merely to "Sherry" — might seem to be a mock-up or maquette for a possible official publication (right down to the Little Brown imprint), we find no evidence it was ever actually published. Indeed, while it on first glance it appears unfinished — the text ends end at the letter "f" ("F is for Fire"), though the images continue — a more careful reading suggests instead that it intentionally falls into speechlessness, embodying the unspeakable horrors of war, which are movingly, and at times, graphically depicted. Therefore, the anonymous book is not so much alluding to a final form, as it it appropriating the simulacrum of a children's book for its fully-rendered effects. Utilizing a stark palette of oranges and browns, these accomplished pictures depict refugees, bleeding children, bored soldiers, and of course the wounded and dead, eschewing any of the romance or cheery optimism of the typical ABC. Singular and unsettling.
np [: np [, [ca. 1970?]. 8.25'' x 7''. Original hand-assembled blank white boards, housing three ad-hoc signatures, and bound with several strips of masking tape. In original color hand-painted pictorial jacket.  hand-painted and -lettered pages executed rectos only, but mounted to verso of each preceding leaf to make eighteen stiff leaves. Some mild chipping to jacket, with some offsetting from tape to verso. Some stray marks to endpapers. Clean and sound overall.
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