Page 13 - Great World

Page 13 – Fairy children went to school (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

The narrative continues and we arrive at a significant turning point. Princess April is about to leave the protection of the Enchanted Forest and foray out into the ‘real’ world, or as Letitia calls it, the “Great World.”

Page 13 - Great World

Page 13 – Great World

And it is here, that she inserts an interesting illumination of it. She chose to depict a bit of the North American continent just north of around the 40th parallel to the top of the world. What is interesting here is that while she depicts areas of Greenland, the US, Alaska, and Canada in green, the easternmost bit of Asia/Siberia is colored red. This coloration is almost prescient, anticipating a ‘Cold War’ configuration, with that region within the borders of the USSR. In 1941, the year of this book’s copyright, that geo-political reality was still at least a half-decade away. In a visually semiotic sense this is quite significant, and speaks volumes about the author’s engagement with the world of her time.

Other illuminations are new and unique, while still others are familiar. Both show another form of visual semiotics – a consistency of pairing signature illuminations with respective words. The words,

Page 13 - fairy children

Page 13 – fairy children

“fairy” and “fairy children” are now coupled with shining stars, while the word “Princess” occurs under a specific, and consistent, coronet. The blue butterfly makes an encore appearance, while other unique illuminations appear for the first time. “Forest” receives an illumination that almost appears to be redwoods and/or sequoias that are native to California. Webs, cup and saucer, along with stand-alone wings round out the illuminations on this page.

Page 13 - cup

Page 13 – cup

Page 13 - wings

Page 13 – wings

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Danny Garrett

About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

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