Thursday, April 21, 2011

On the topic of Rabbits

While I'm still thinking about the Vancouver area, I remembered my recent discovery of yet another Canadian gem.

Charles Van Sandwyk
"Rabbits cannot sing. They can do a good many clever and thoughtful things, even some rather prolific things (which I shall not touch upon at present), but they cannot sing. Armed with this intimate tid bit of self awareness, Mr. Rabbit took up symphonic conducting."

This being the season of the rabbit, it seemed like the perfect time to alert you all to this wonderful illustrator.

When Zoë is not in the habit of ripping books, I just know she'll adore this splendid little volume with her Mamère. It's such a delicious publication with French flaps, 24 hand-sewn pages, a folded frog bookmark, and eleven "tipped-in" full colour illustrations. "Tipped-in", is a new bookbinding terminology for me.
"Tipped In – An illustration that is lightly attached to the book by a narrow strip of gum or glue. This happens after the book has been bound, so the illustration is not sewn in with the rest of the pages. Usually, a stand-alone illustration is expertly “tipped in” along the inner edge, between two pages of the book."

"Charles illustrated two books for the Folio Society in London, England: Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book in 2002 and Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows in 2005 which was the winner of the Grand Prix in the Printing World Awards 2006 for the finest achievement in British Printing.

Charles' own books are designed, written, and illustrated by himself, and he oversees every step of their publication. In 2012, the University of Alberta in Edmonton is publishing book about Charles' work."

All Image Credits:
Joyce Williams Antique Prints and Maps
Joyce Williams Gallery
#114 – 1118 Homer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA, V6B 6L5


  1. I absolutely adore bunnies! This is wonderful.

  2. I love bunnies too, and this post is just in time for Easter. How appropriate! I'd never heard of Charles Van Sandwyk either, so thank you for the link. I know I've said this before, Leslie, BUT it bears saying again: how do you find all this fascinating stuff to entertain and enlighten us?