Bibliophile and special editions

The collection: An extensive collection of specially designed books from the 19th century onwards: photo books, private press books, protest leaflets, clandestine war publications, dedication copies.
Size: More than 50.000 volumes.
Access: The books can be found in the KB-Catalogus.
More information: Paul van Capelleveen - 070-3140331

François Villon, Oeuvres (Kunera Pers, 1926)
François Villon, Oeuvres (Kunera Pers, 1926)

François Villon, Oeuvres (Kunera Pers, 1926)

Piet Zwart, Het boek van PTT (1938)
Piet Zwart, Het boek van PTT (1938)

Piet Zwart, Het boek van PTT (1938)

E. Maaskamp, Afbeeldingen van de kleeding, zeden en gewoonten in de Bataafsche Republiek = Tableaux de lhabillement, des moeurs et des coutumes dans la République Batave (1803)
E. Maaskamp, Afbeeldingen van de kleeding, zeden en gewoonten in de Bataafsche Republiek = Tableaux de lhabillement, des moeurs et des coutumes dans la République Batave (1803)

E. Maaskamp, Afbeeldingen van de kleeding, zeden en gewoonten in de Bataafsche Republiek = Tableaux de lhabillement, des moeurs et des coutumes dans la République Batave (1803)

Description of the collection

The collection consists of bibliophile and private press editions, artists' books, illustrated books, books with hand-coloured illustrations, printed or illustrated in special techniques, limited editions, and prohibited books and erotica. With the invention of lithography and wood engraving at the end of the 18th century the range of techniques was very much enlarged. More and more books were illustrated, after 1850 also in colour, especially by means of colour lithographies. In the collection examples may be found of these techniques and their derivatives: etchings, wood, copper and steel engravings (often hand-coloured), heliogravures, (colour) lithographies, anastatic processes and photolithographies, collotype, pasted-in photographs, woodburytypes, and relief engravings. The twentieth-century part of the collections contains bibliophile books, including works that have entered the library from the institution of the Deposit Library in 1974.

The modern bibliophile book is strongly represented. There are many books designed by the great innovators of Dutch typography from the period between the World Wars: A.A.M. Stols, J. van Krimpen, S.H. de Roos, J.F. van Royen en C. Nypels (the 'Big Five'), as well as editions by Piet Zwart and W. Sandberg. Many editions from the period after the Second World War are included, such as the Carlina Pers, the Kwadraatbladen by Steendrukkerij de Jong and work from the Sjaalmanpers and Sub signo libelli. Special editions of books issued by commercial publishers (such as De arbeiderspers) belong in this collection, as well as Cobra publications and artists' books. Editions by members of the Drukwerk in de marge Foundation are well represented. Lastly, the collection includes special typographical editions such as the SHV book by Irma Boom. Although Dutch editions are the greatest in number, there are many foreign bibliophile editions, including works from the small French publisher Guy Lévis Mano, the English Vale Press, and the Berliner Handpresse. Some other collections from the 19th and 20th centuries have also been transferred to the Special Collections. They include the archival copies of virtually all editions published by Uitgeverij W.L. & J. Brusse, works by Gerrit Achterberg and L. Koopman's collection of French literature in special editions.

References

  • Paul van Capelleveen en Clemens de Wolf (red.), The ideal book. Private presses in the Netherlands, 1910-2010. Nijmegen/Den Haag, 2010.
  • Marieke van Delft en Clemens de Wolf, 'Gedrukte werken uit de zeventiende tot de twintigste eeuw' en 'Enkele speciale collecties gedrukte werken'. In: Vriendschap in Vereniging. Red. M. van Delft, K. Thomassen en C. de Wolf. 's-Gravenhage 1988, p. 57-73 en 97-114.
  • Marieke van Delft, 'Zeldzame en kostbare werken van de negentiende en twintigste eeuw (ZKW)'. In: Zeldzaam & kostbaar. Red. A. Leerintveld en H. Porck. Den Haag 1992, p. 77-98.
  • Clemens de Wolf, 'Negentiende en twintigste eeuw'. In:Nederlandse boeken uit eigen bezit. 's-Gravenhage 1982, p. 28-45.
  • Clemens de Wolf, 'Gedrukte werken uit de negentiende en twintigste eeuw'. In:Accoord CR. Red. K. Thomassen en C. de Wolf. 's-Gravenhage 1986, p. 130-150.
  • J. de Zoete ... [et al.] (Eindred.). De techniek van de Nederlandse boekillustratie in de 19e eeuw. Amstelveen, KVGO, 1995. Kerstnummer Grafisch Nederland 1995.

wUm, Clown (De Bucheliuspers, 1993)
wUm, Clown (De Bucheliuspers, 1993)

wUm, Clown (De Bucheliuspers, 1993)

Willem Sandberg, Nu (1959)
Willem Sandberg, Nu (1959)

Willem Sandberg, Nu (1959)

Louis Couperus, Zijn aangenomen zoon (Sub Signo Libelli, 1980)
Louis Couperus, Zijn aangenomen zoon (Sub Signo Libelli, 1980)

Louis Couperus, Zijn aangenomen zoon (Sub Signo Libelli, 1980)

Walter K. [Kerkhofs] en Tilman K. [Knop], K2. Groenlandreis 1993 (Stichting Pro Graph, 1996)
Walter K. [Kerkhofs] en Tilman K. [Knop], K2. Groenlandreis 1993 (Stichting Pro Graph, 1996)

Walter K. [Kerkhofs] en Tilman K. [Knop], K2. Groenlandreis 1993 (Stichting Pro Graph, 1996)

Flora Batava (1800-1934)
Flora Batava (1800-1934)

Flora Batava (1800-1934)