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Stone soup

Cas Willing

RA Collection: Book

Record number




1st edition


London: Enitharmon Editions, 2014

Physical Description

28 unnumbered pages : illustrations (colour) ; 22 cm. (hbk).

Summary Note

Full of the macabre touches and dark humour that have made Paula Rego’s reputation, Stone Soup is a new version of the traditional Portuguese folktale by her daughter, the designer and writer, Cas Willing. Typically read to children to encourage cooperation in times of scarcity, the fable has existed in numerous incarnations for centuries. We follow the efforts of a young female traveler in her attempt to save herself from starvation, persuading a suspicious townspeople to supply her with food for her mysterious Stone Soup. All of the thirteen watercolour and ink paintings are reproduced here, bringing together Rego’s expressive cast of figures amidst their troubled landscape. [Publishers website].

Copy Note

"This regular edition, in its first printing, consists of 1,500 unnumberd casebound copies." (colophon).