Friday, December 18, 2015

Ilonka Karasz: The Twelve Days of Christmas

In 1949, Ilonka Karasz illustrated a picture book of The Twelve Days of Christmas. A few pages are shown here. The illustrations, like the Christmas carol's verses, are recursive in that each new one recapitulates all the previous ones after adding to it.

Ilonka Karasz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, 1949

On the first day of Christmas

A partridge in a pear tree
Eight Maids a-Milking

Eleven Pipers Piping

On the twelfth day of Christmas...

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas dust wrapper

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