poems & wood engravings
6 X 9 inches, 16 pages
Seven wood engravings
EXQUISITE WOOD ENGRAVINGS accompany these poems by Sylvia Hahn as she pays tribute to her feline friends. This treasure of a book comes in both a trade edtion of a thousand copies and a limited edition of ninety-nine copies, each of the latter including a signed and numbered original engraving.
Soundless he seeks, Shadow among the shadows,
Moving on pads black-velvet, steeped in darkness.
His coat, moon-blotched and foliage-stippled,
Melts in the fallen leaves and fallow grasses,
Unheard, unseen, unheralded, until he pounces.
Sylvia Hahn (1911-2001) studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1929 to 1932, where she showed an early aptitude for painting, design, and metal works. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Governor-General Medal for academic achievement in the arts. Shortly after, Hahn was hired as a staff artist at the Royal Ontario Museum, eventually becoming head of the art department. She was a prolific artist, painting eleven murals for the museum, still extant today, and exhibiting numerous works with the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers, the Ontario Society of Artists, and the Toronto Metal Crafts Guild. Her works appear in many collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Emmanuel College, Havergal College, and the ROM. Her liturgical commissions are displayed in at least fifteen churches throughout the country.