It was difficult to miss Elisabeth Frink's book of etchings (Tales from Chaucer, 1972, Waddingtons) in the window of my local high street bookseller this week, it's the size, shape and heft of a tombstone.

More familiar with her sculptures (fascistic figures in atomic shades), these overtly raunchy etchings made me curious enough to ask after the price. Four-Thousand-Five-Hundred-Pounds!

I come home and look at some more on the internet, it's almost free. Turns out she illustrated Rilke, Aesop, Homer and a great selection of ornithological studies too.

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