Another incredible vintage children's book find at 50 Watts. This time, it's illustrations by New York artist Norah Woodson Ulreich, who worked under the name Nura.
Below, the latest post, is The Silver Bridge, from 1937, which look to be lithographs. There are apparently more to come, too.
No word on what the stories are like, but if the title page is any indication, they're probably a little ethereal-loopy:
The Silver Bridge/ written, designed and illustrated by Nuda/ An unobtrusive book for those mature in years but young in spirit/ Seek a quiet corner and invest your thought with peace/ For your passage through the pages of this bookNura may have been a cat lady.
Reading ahead a bit [on Abebooks and Amazon], Nura illustrated several books over 20 or so years; conceptually/strategically, at least, my favorite might be one of her earliest, Stories, which she published in 1932. It reads, "12 pictures waiting for an author! And YOU are the AUTHOR!" and has some blank pages for filling in the stories.
And Googling around generally, there's a fair amount of Nura Ulreich artwork circulating; she did prints, paintings, WPA murals. Just a couple of weeks ago, in fact, Sotheby's sold this 1935 painting, Bosom Friends, for only $563. It had been in the Detroit Institute of Arts collection. Not a masterpiece, perhaps, but it does have a certain Mary Blair-meets-Yoshitomo Nara appeal.