Once Upon a Time, Book One

Written by Frieda Fitzenmeyer. Illustrated by Carol J. Blinn. 1984.

This teensy book, the first in Frieda’s series, tells the story of a little duck who likes to play at being things he is not. Carol has made nine charming line drawings, each depicting a dress-up game.

2 1/2 by 3 inches high; 16 pages; letterpress printed; the type is Spectrum and the paper is Mohawk Superfine; 9 line drawings hand watercolored; sewn into Canson wrappers.

First edition of 125 copies; signed by Frieda and Carol.

Out of Print


In 1984, during a period of despondency, a new personality emerged from Warwick Press. She had been threatening to surface for some months. Frieda Fitzenmeyer came into her own like a tidal wave. She is a force to be reckoned with - in short, she is German, she is powerful and she is silly. Yet she has a dark side, too. From time to time, Frieda collaborates with Warwick Press to bring her inimitable style to certain publications. If her energy and enthusiasm last, she intends to develop and contribute a lifelong series of work, Once Upon a Time books, which will have various texts with illustrations done by Carol. It should be noted that though Frieda writes the text, all of the design, illustration, printing and binding and plain slogging hard work are done by Carol. Frieda has better things to do.

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