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Gottmer editions, 1950

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— A few weeks ago my friend Stijn took me to Damplein, in Antwerpen Noord. One side of the square is backed by a sloped wall, the side of the exit of the high-speed railway tunnel towards Amsterdam. Behind some long banner-shaped curtains, people leave goods they have no use for, to be picked up by other people who might like the stuff. A free and unattended second hand shop in open air! On one of the shelves I found these novels, published by Gottmer in 1949 and 1950. Plain books, well made, like things were done in those days. But the spines do make them stand out.

Senta Centervall, Bernadotte De held van Béarn, 1950.
Arne Vaagen, De man van Oldersund, 1950.
Toon Kortooms, Beekman en Beekman, 1949.
Maria Dutli-Rutishauser, Het leven gaat verder in Sumbri, 1950.
Will Creed, Il Grande, 1949.
all published by Uitgeverij J.H. Gottmer, Haarlem – Antwerpen.
The cover designs are by Rein van Looy.