Fables with a Twist: The Ant and the Cricket, 1976
Visel B7. Sold as part of a complete portfolio of 20 original wood engravings encased in a clam shell box lined in blue fabric with inlaid label. 87 in an edition of 100. Signed in pencil lower right: "Fritz Eichenberg"; titled and numbered in pencil lower left: "The Ant and the Cricket / 87/100". Signed in block lower right: "Eichenberg". A fine impression in fine condition with full margins (sheet: 16 1/2 x 14 inches). Sheet enclosed in a thin paper folder inscribed with the poem, "The Ant and the Cricket", composed by Fritz Eichenberg. Sold as part of a complete portfolio for $9,500.
A complete portfolio of 20 wood engravings, each measuring approximately14 x 12 inches and printed on a sheet measuring 16 1/2 x 14 inches. Published by the artist. All impressions signed, titled, and numbered in pencil (87/100) and enclosed in a tissue folder inscribed with a poem composed by the artist. Includes title sheet with table of contents: "Fables / With / A / Twist / Twenty / Woodblocks / And / Twenty / Twisted / Tails / by / Fritz Eichenberg". Hand-signed and numbered Colophon: "Printed in an Edition / Of One Hundred From / The Original Woodblocks / By Harold McGrath At / The Gehenna Press / Northampton, Mass. / On Basingwerk H.W. / Text Set in Monotype / Times New Roman / 1976 / Signed by / The Artist / Copy No. 87 / Fritz Eichenberg / Text and Woodblocks / © Copyright 1976 By / Fritz Eichenberg / Peace Dale R.I. / 02879".
I. The Ant and the Cricket (14 x 12 in.) / II. The Country and the City Mouse (13 7/8 x 12 in.) / III. The Shepherd and the Wolf (14 x 12 in.) / IV. The Donkey in the Lion Skin (14 x 12 in.) / V. The Wolf and the Three Little Kids (13 7/8 x 12 1/8 in.) / VI. The Lion and the Mouse (14 x 12 in.) / VII. The Vain Crow (13 7/8 x 12 in.) / VIII. The Sparrow and the Parrot (13 7/8 x 12 in.) / IX. The Donkey and the Lapdog (14 x 12 in.) / X. Endangered Species (14 x 12 in.) / XI. Total Disarmament (14 x 12 in.) / XII. The Stock Market (14 x 12 in.) / XIII. Bullfrog for President (13 3/4 x 12 in.) / XIV. The New Adam (13 7/8 x 12 in.) / XV. The Bite (14 x 12 in.) / XVI. After the Blast (14 x 12 in.) / XVII. The Ark of Love (14 x 12 in.) / XVIII. St. George and the Dragon (14 x 12 in.) / XIX. The Pied Piper (14 x 12 in.) / XX. The Blind Men and the Elephant (14 x 12 in.).