Franck, The Golden Ark, Augsberg 1538, the parallels
of Pagan and Christian myths
Imagines et figurae Bibliorum, Plantin 1581 (1584)
The Ark Book, Blackie's undated c1910
"Fish" The Noah's Ark Book,
Bodley Head c1910
Noah and the Ark OUP my copy 1965 (1961)
Strube , Roosevelt's
advertisement , Continental
Can Company , FORTUNE November 1941
Bresson , La
Joie de Lire , undated c 1950
Lopez-Rey, West Virginia Pulp and Paper advertisement, 1948
Douglas, illustration for James Weldon Johnson, God's
TREASURE COMIC 1963, Noah's ark Puzzle Picture
Monologue, "THREE HA'PENCE A FOOT' illustrated by John Hassall
in Packaging" CONTINENTAL CAN 1941
SCHEDEL, Liber Chronicarum Nuremburg 1493
1920 Charles Hughes, Those Long Evenings aboard the ark
cartoon 1920, Mrs Noah adds the feminine touch
England's Miraculous Deliverence, anonymous print 1646
DISNEY'S FATHER NOAH'S ARK, 1932
One of the
great graphic challenges - how do you depict the entirety of the living
beings saved by Noah in the Ark ? The image has to be sensible (the size
of the vessel) while aiming at a comprehensive image for the discerning
and often critical child. Illustrators often hint at the exasperation
01 Freda Derrick, The Ark Book, Blackie, London Glasgow,
undated c1905. cover and page. 23 x28cms.
02 Bryant and May, Match Manufacturers of Bow, East London, promotional
card encouraging the purchase of British products. 8 x 13cms
03 American Nineteenth Century Toy Ark with a full
complement of animals
from The Noah's Ark Book illustrated by FISH, verses
by Margaret Lavington, The Bodley Head, London undated c.1910, 18 x 25cms.
for REO Motors of Michigan, June 1953, 18 x 23 cms, unsigned.
Kircher, Arcanae ; printed in Amsterdam in 1675. a delightfully
imaginative book, suitable for children. The dedicatee, Charles II of
Spain was himself only 12 at the time. The folding plate with flurry of
bird and processions of creatures is typical of the high standard of imagery
within all of Kircher's esoteric books.
07 Oscar Laske, The Common Path to Noah, 36 x 48 cms
etching, dated 1912. In the period after the 1914-18 War, Laske carried
out an extensive mural on the theme of Noah for the Kalskberg War Orphanage
08 Hermann Fechenbach, Genesis , Mowbrays, Alden Press,
Oxford, 1969 . 9 cms square.
09 a detail
of a coloured plate in a German Bible of 1570 printed in Nuremburg
Hutton, The Tale of Noah and the Flood , Puffin Picture
Book, Penguin, Harmondsworth c1950 18 x 42cms.
engraving by Bernard Solomon for Petit Bernard's The true and
lyuely historye of Purtreatures of the VVoll Bible , printed
in Lyons by Jean of Tournes in 1553.
THE ARK -
CONSTRUCTION AND USE from the following
Franck, Die Gulden Arch (The Golden Ark), Augsberg 1538;
the titlepage juxtaposes Christian Fathers and the Pagan Philosophers,
as if lined up for a ceremony before a football match. The text offers
parallels of Christian and Classical thought - a controversial stance
for the time, and one which took much courage to articulate. The Ark stands
as a metaphor for the repository of the Truth.
A02 Biblia Vulgare, Venice 1517 (courtesy of Mikkel Beg Clemmensen)
A 03 Johannes Lichtenburger, Pronosticatione in vulgare ,Venice
1511; a strange and gnomic book dedicated to prognostications but really
a plea for social reforms from an obscure German monk. The text is delightfully
illustrated with bold cuts, here - the Ark hitting choppy waters - its
collection complete, juxtaposed with an image of Adam and Eve as the
source of religious worship and foundation.
A 04 detail from a french popular print of The Deluge, c1785.
A 05 from the Cologne Chronicle , printed there in 1499 by J.Koelhoff the Younger.
A 06 from Polewinck, Fasciculus Temporum , published by Quentell in Cologne in 1481, and a
speculative study of how the space might have been filled.
B 02 Genesis
VII from Holbein's woodcut illustration to the Old Testament Lyons 1543
B 05 engraving
after M.De Vos, The Creation of the World to the Flood ,
B 06 from ffolkes, Drawing Cartoons, Studio, London ,
from the Fasciculus
published in Cologne by Gotz in 1473 circa.
plate in a Bible printed in Basle in 1498, of the sanitary arrangements
in the Ark.
A representation of the Ark in a German Bible of 1512, the image very
close in drawing to the famous Malermi Bible .anon, woodcut of Noah and
the Ark from Hans Burckheim's Genealogie.
The Tale of Noah and the Flood , Puffin Picture Book,
Penguin, Harmondsworth c1950 10 x 16cms.
Hermann Fechenbach, Genesis Mowbrays, Alden Press, Oxford,
1969 - 9 cms square.
Freda Derrick, The Ark Book, Blackie, London Glasgow,
undated c1905. Illustrations of the Ark. 23 x28cms.
The Maxims of Noah, by Gelett Burgess with illustrations
and designs by Louis Fancher Simpkin
Marshall London 1913 (1914) single pages 12 x 18 cms
Webb, The Story of Noah, F.J.Ward, London 1931 and beneath
the design on the front cover of the book. Page size is 19 x 27cms.
D 04, plan for an ark, article for sale in an American Mail Order catalogue,