1979 Tolkien Calendar - Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin. 1979. The J. R. R. Tolkien Calendar 1979. 11 7/8 x 15 1/8. The top was spiral bound with a cut-out and loop for hanging. Artwork by Tolkien, some colored by H. E. Riddett. Cover photo by Billet Potter. This calendar has a number of Tolkien's sketches and incomplete works. It Includes his newspaper doodles and tree sketches. In particular, this calendar features works that were stongly influenced by the William Morris style of decorative arts that Tolkien enjoyed. The border decoration using repetitive animal and plant forms, or even small landscapes, is a decorative feature that Tolkien apparently enjoyed making. Many of his trees, flowers and birds are an extension of this interest and could easily be incorporated into border designs. Many rely on radial symmetry for their effects and this makes them interesting as border designs. The second image included here depicts border designs based on insect forms. These were constructed by Henri Gillet (Album de la Decoration, Plate 47).
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