Dutch gift This beautiful little book cost me a few euros in a bookstore in the Hague, but to the first owner it was completely free. A gift, presented during the dutch book week in 1957. Each year the CPNB (Stichting Collectieve Propaganda voor het Nederlandse Boek or foundation for the Collective Promotion of Dutch… Continue reading De Muze en het Meisje
needlework type To finish the series on needle-crafted type with a sunday feeling, here are two pieces from the Ecole Moyenne de l'Etat in Verviers. Made by two girls with the same aristocratic surname von Hagen. Sisters I presume, but I have no information on the makers and the date. Looking at the detail and… Continue reading Two sisters?
Alexis Keunen This colourful lot is part of the Livre du Mois collection, published for a subscribers-only book club in the early fifties. Many of the Books of the Month were printed in Liège, and the ones shown here were all designed by Alexis Keunen (1922-1990), a surrealist painter from the same city. This could… Continue reading Colourful Bindings
Dick Bruna Striking but unconventional. Four shouting elements – an extra bold slab serif title, a strangely cropped up-close picture, the blurb text in red and a classical vignette – all together on the front cover of a book and yet kept perfectly in balance. This is the work of a master. Dick Bruna, forever… Continue reading Tabloid!
grand openings 2 Another flea market finding, this book by Léon Bloy first struck me for its spartan cover concept. Opening it leads to a second surprise: the end papers show a macabre mediæval scene (is it Bosch?). After the frech title page, the real title follows. I always loved opening titles running across two… Continue reading Book design
Another stitched alphabet Another great exercise, dated 1921. While she has all the other N's right, Ghislaine mirrored the one in her own name. I like this piece a lot. It looks very even at first sight, while looking closer reveals some patching up for miscalculation: notice how the last letter of the name didn't… Continue reading Analog pixel art 4