Recently featured in the Library: Leporello Tales

BOOKS BY WARJA HONEGGER-LAVATER IN THE OTIS ARTISTS’ BOOK COLLECTION

Warja Honegger-Lavater was born in Switzerland in 1913 and became an illustrator and graphic designer in Zurich in the 1940s and ‘50s. She moved to New York in 1958 and there, influenced by city street advertising, began creating work that used symbols rather than words to tell the stories of familiar folk and fairy tales.

Following MoMA’s 1962 release of her William Tell as a single lithograph folded into book form, Honegger-Lavater became known for her accordion folded (leporello) books. These works are among the first of what’s considered to be the modern artists’ book.

CHECKLIST

The Cricket and the Ant Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1962?

Wilhelm Tell  Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse; New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art, 1963

Ausser … Ordentlicher Lemuel = Extra … Ordinary Lemuel Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1963

Nacht und Tag und Nacht = Night and Day and Night Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1963

Hans im Glück = Lucky Jack = Jeannot la Chance Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1965

Homo Sapiens?  Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1965

Walk, Don’t Walk, Attendez, Gehe, Don’t Walk, Passez, Warte, Walk, Don’t Basel, Switzerland: Basilius-Presse, 1965

 

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