Frogs, anyone? I love frogs; I am on the side of frogs; I admit it –I am a Ranaphiliac!

Close-up photo of  Ranaphilia's paste paper handpainted coveranother closeup of a ranaphilia handmade book by malachi mccormick



In fact, I am so much a Ranaphiliac, that it was I who invented the Word back in….when was it.

I wrote The Book on Frogs: I called it “Ranaphilia: Love of Frog.” “Rana” meaning “Frog” and/or “Toad”, and “-philia” meaning “Love of”.

“Ranaphilia” is a set of three miniature books in a hand-painted miniature slip-case with draw ribbon. It sells for thirty five dollars.

   All my books are handmade, and all of them have elements of  book-arts and/or ‘artist’s-book’ to them –some more than others. “Ranaphilia: Love of Frog” has most of all: unique among all my books, the miniature slipcase features a hand-painted cover.

  I think they are beautiful, but then –I would say that, wouldn’t I? “Ranaphilia” is the set –to my mind– that most illustrated the terms “Book Arts” and “Artist’s Book”.

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Because you could say that “Ranaphilia: Love of Frog” is an unusual collection, I have set out to describe it here so that people will have a better idea of what it is: “Being an Eccentric Collection of Frogiana. A Celebration of Frogs. Three miniature books in slipcase– handmade, dated and signed by Malachi McCormick.

[]BOOK ONE:[]
“Letter to a young frog.”What every young frog needs to know about five million years of frog-human relations.

[]BOOK TWO:[]
“Basho’s Frog”. 101 translators take on Basho’s famous 7-word haiku and become trapped in the Tower of Babel.
“The insistence of an irate policeman’s whistle”: a genius –Roger Conant– describes Frogcalls.

[]BOOK THREE[]
“Frog went a courtin’.” A brief musicological history shows the original tune was licensed to be published in London in 1549.
Plus –Assorted Frog Verse. Emily Dickenson, Hillaire Becket, Ben Johnson & Robert Herrick.

Each set, signed and dated, is handmade by Malachi McCormick, who also created the unique, one-of-a-kind decorated paste-paper slipcase,
or the handpainted Dot Paintings & book covers. Price: Thirty-Five Dollars.

Do please let me have any questions –I will get back to you with my best answers.
Thank you,
Malachi McCormick.

[Tomorrow I will post some selections from the books.]


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