Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Off the shelf: Sempé
One of my most treasured books, is 'Simple Question d'Équilibre' by Jean-Jacques Sempé, published in 1977 by Éditions Denoël, Paris. I found it in a now vanished second-hand bookshop in Crouch End, North London, when I was living with friends as a childminder. It's not in great condition, as you can see by the cover, but it's a beautiful book, arranged and designed by Sempé himself. Unfortunately a few of my favourite drawings in it coincide with where the sections are glued together, so they can't be scanned without damaging the book, but all the drawings are good so I'm going to post a selection of them this week. I'll write more about Sempé as we go.