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The Night Country is an interesting book with an interesting author, Loren Eiseley (1907-1977). Eiseley was a professor and educator, naturalist, anthropologist and philosopher whose books are still nearly all in print. The illustrations for this book The Night Country (1971) are by an excellent illustrator Leonard Everett Fisher, a master of the woodcut technique whose work we have covered in an earlier post. It is interesting to see an inexpensive softcover of this period illustrated with very simple woodcuts as opposed to other printing, like offset illustrations. The cover already shows us the effects of the wooden board just like the black and white illustrations do.
Loren Eiseley was way ahead of his time and his books are clearly expressing his views towards nature and the great human adventure without resorting to scientific mumbo jumbo as many authors now tend to do. I would put him in the same class of visionary writers as Lewis Mumford and Marshall McLuhan.
The illustrations are less densely printed and more dainty. They are by Walter Ferro (1925-2005) ,a good illustrator but in a completely different style from Everett Fisher. Ferro’s illustrations call perhaps for a different type of paper and would result better in color in my opinion. His work has been covered in several art magazines such as this issue here. His work was also exhibited in Europe.