The collection: an extensive collection of special editions from the nineteenth century to the present: books of photographs, bibliophile editions, ‘Provo’ publications, clandestine prints and dedication copies.
Size: More than 50,000 volumes.
Access: The books can be found in the KB-Catalogue.
More information: Paul van Capelleveen - 070-3140331
François Villon, Oeuvres (Kunera Pers, 1926)
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)
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.
Modern bibliophile editions are strongly respresented in the collection. The most important innovators in the Dutch book trade between World Wars I and II, A.A.M. Stols, J. van Krimpen, S.H. de Roos, J.F. van Royen en C. Nypels are represented with many editions, as are 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 make up the lion’s share, there are many special editions from abroad, such as work from the small French publisher Guy Lévis Mano, the English Vale Press and the Berliner Handpresse. In addition, some specific items from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are kept in the Special Collections, such as the archival copies of the virtually complete publisher’s list of Uitgeverij W.L. & J. Brusse, works by Gerrit Achterberg and L. Koopman's collection of French literature in special editions.
History of the collection
In 1983 it was decided to place together in Special Collections the rare and valuable works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries which earlier had been kept scattered among the general collections. The collection is being updated regularly by purchases and by deposit copies sent by publishers. The Dutch bibliophile books from the period 1910-1940 have been extensively annotated in the catalogue. Between 1983 and 1996, four printed bibliographies appeared of marginal prints.
- 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)
Willem Sandberg, Nu (1959)
Louis Couperus, Zijn aangenomen zoon (Sub Signo Libelli, 1980)
Walter K. [Kerkhofs] en Tilman K. [Knop], K2. Groenlandreis 1993 (Stichting Pro Graph, 1996)
Flora Batava (1800-1934)