Signed in pencil by the master. Created for a long out of print keepsake for the Society of Printers, this is one of 25 overage copies. Like the keepsake folder they were meant to be tipped into, these were destined to be thrown in a dumpster at the Boston Public Library before they were rescued.
The image, a finely printed reproduction of a watercolor drawn by Hermann Zapf in 1945, while recuperating in a French hospital as a prisoner of war.
The bouquet of flowers is a symbolic representation of Germany at the end of the
War. A broken branch and brown, withered oak leaves should explain the political past
and destruction of the country. The bee was for diligence, and the two little ants in the left
corner showed an eagerness to start work. The spring flowers stood for a new beginning
after the War.
This ready for framing and would make a fine gift.
Zapf passed away in 2015.
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