New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1970). Coria Kent. Stated First edition. Hardcover. 4to. Signed by Corita Kent on the first page, "Corita" with her drawing of a heart. The gaiety, the spirit, the excitement that is the circus is here in a tumble of exquisite color and design created by the celebrated artist; dancing letters of the alphabet, bareback riding, clowning, tight-rope walking, trapeze flying, acrobating their way through fluorescent colors of circus magic and capturing the magic of life as they do so. This work ruefully reflects the three-ring circus of our lives in the poetry of e.e. cummings, the irony of Camus, the perception of Dostoevsky, the sensitivity of Rilke, the lyrics of Joan Baez, the stimulation of Roethke, the shrewdness of Throeau, the strength of Emerson, the insight of Dewey, and the discernment of Adlai Stevenson. With the aplomb of the ringmaster, Coria conducts this bandwagon of words and color from the design of the book jacket, endpapers and title pages, through the pattern of each handwritten page making admission to this circus a performance deserving not only our upmost attention, but also deserving our loud and happy applause. Includes the book with dust jacket and the folder of plates and with the original decorated slipcase. The book is near fine except for the bottom front corner is a closed tear. The suite of plates (29, one is a double) and folder are all fine, and the slipcase is very good with a few short splits. Item #14376

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