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Q: Looking for a book ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Looking for a book
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: axle-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 07 Sep 2002 17:22 PDT
Expires: 07 Oct 2002 17:22 PDT
Question ID: 62699
I am trying to track down a childrens illustrated story book. I saw it
about 20 years ago - so early '80s. It was called something like
'<somebody's> Journey'

It had a short paragraph on the left of each pair of pages and a
picture on the right of a scene in the story. The cunnning bit was
that elements from the pictures were repeated in subsequent pictures -
some moved, some were altered slightly BUT stayed in the same relative
place in the picture. The only one I can really remember is of a
bottle of wine on a picnic table in one picture, on a pub sign but
half empty in the next and completely empty in the third being held by
a man.

Without a title or author this obviously makes it quite difficult to
track down.  Does this ring any bells?

Request for Question Clarification by grimace-ga on 08 Sep 2002 03:18 PDT

Are you absolutely certain about the fact that there was a textual
element? 'Anno's Journey' by Mitsumasa Anno uses very similar tricks,
but has no text.

It also has the wine bottle trick, which I remember being very
impressed with as a child.

Clarification of Question by axle-ga on 08 Sep 2002 05:05 PDT
I am far from certain - it was 20 years ago :) If it has the wine
bottle trick it surely must be the same book; the style of
illustration on the cover seems right too. I will have to order a copy
to verify...

Request for Question Clarification by grimace-ga on 08 Sep 2002 08:32 PDT
You can find out more about the content of the book here:

The site doesn't mention the wine bottle, but I'm pretty sure I
remember it, although it's twenty years ago for me too!

The journey of the book begins with a man buying a horse, then riding
through the countryside, passing through towns and eventually
reeaching the sea. The details in the book are very small and
intricate; as well as the 'repeated scenes' you describe, there are
also plenty of one-off representations of, for instance, scenes from
fairy tales (The Emperor's New Clothes, The Enormous Turnip) and
scenes from literature and history.

If the thorough detail on that site rings a definite bell, please let
me know so that I can post it as an answer. I would have posted this
immediately, if it weren't for the fact that 'Anno's Journey' is
completely text-free.

Clarification of Question by axle-ga on 08 Sep 2002 10:55 PDT
Yes, I would say 99% its got to be right, post it answered. As and
when I get a copy I'll post a comment :)  Thank you!
Subject: Re: Looking for a book
Answered By: grimace-ga on 08 Sep 2002 11:13 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I've finally found a solitary image from the book. This is Anno on his

You can buy the book from Amazon, or your favourite local bookshop -
it's been continuosly in print, as far as I can tell, since
publication in 1978.

Amazon: Anno's Journey

I feel sure this is the book you're remembering, and I look forward to
hearing definite confirmation when you get hold of a copy.

Search strategy: "mitsumasa anno" + journey


Clarification of Answer by grimace-ga on 08 Sep 2002 11:19 PDT
There are more images from the book here:

Editorial Juventud: El Viaje de Anno

That page also has links to images from the subsequent books - Anno'
Italy, Anno's Britain and Anno's USA.
axle-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Having tried to track this book for many years, it's great to finally
know what it is!

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