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On my Bookshelf: Charley Harper's Animal Kingdom

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An unusually beautiful book landed on my desk recently and I couldn't wait to share it with you. After rediscovering Ohio-based illustrator Harper's work in 2001, American designer Todd Oldham dove deep into previously unseen work left behind by the late artist. This new book, Charley Harper's Animal Kingdom, is a companion to the monograph Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life.

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The never-before-published animal illustrations are so graphic, they're perfectly suited to this large format book.What I really love about Harper's work is that the animals retain their integrity: They don't all look like cartoon animals and don't have an ounce of Disney-esque cuteness. It's an exuberant tribute to an exuberant artist, and a lovely antidote to a gray winter day.

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  • I have recently become the owner of this lovely book. However I was disappointed to find that there are 8 illustrations missing, which on investigation appears that some images have been placed twice (I am assuming by accident) as the reference of images displayed at the back clearly shows that this should not have been the case. I cannot believe that my copy would be the only one that this has occurred in.

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