Fund of W.L. & J. Brusse Publishers 1903-1965
History of the collection: After the official liquidation of the publishing company in 1969 the fund was transferred to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The correspondence archive was housed in the Letterkundig Museum, while the original designs, illustrations and proofs went to the Museum van het Boek and the company archive to the Municipal Archive of Rotterdam.
Size: The Brusse fund consists of 1026 titles, the major part of which are in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The number of volumes is many times larger, because both most of the reprints and the different bindings in which a book was put on the market are there as well.
Access: Detailed descriptions, including information on the designers, illustrators, bookbinders and typeface can be found in the KB-Catalogue. A complete reconstruction of the fund, together with information on editions, bindings and sales figures may be found in the publication mentioned below under Literature.
More information: Paul van Capelleveen - 070-3140331
M.J. Brusse, Boefje. Rotterdam, 1913. Shelfnumber BRUSSE A 2. Cover
J.F. Otten, Amerikaansche filmkunst. Rotterdam, 1931. Shelfnumber BRUSSE S 30:7. Cover, designed by Piet Zwart.
Goed Wonen jrg. 7 (1954) 4. Shelfnumber BRUSSE T 11:7 . Cover.
Description of the collection
The collection presents a virtually complete overview of the diversity of the publications of the Rotterdam publishing company, the proportion of fiction to non-fiction being three to seven. The fiction includes works by such socialist authors as C.S. Adama van Scheltema and Henriette Roland Holst, but also the legendary and often reprinted Boefje by M.J. Brusse. Large editions were also printed of the personally illustrated books by Koos Speenhoff. The non-fiction consists of a large number of schoolbooks, including the legendary writing course De loopende hand en De Raaf and Griss' literary anthology Een nieuwe bundel. A strikingly big role is played by books in the field of art and culture. Examples are the Monografieën over filmkunst en De toegepaste kunsten in Nederland. The zeal of the Brusse's in the field of (interior) design is evident from the successful publication of the magazine Goed wonen. Brusse took great care of the design of their editions. In the beginning it was especially S.H. de Roos and H.P. Berlage who were vital to the image of the company (De Roos even designed the typography of the company's shares), but later on it was predominantly representatives of the New Realism such as Piet Zwart and Paul Schuitema.
W.L. & J. Brusse's Uitgeversmaatschappij 19031965. Red. S. van Faassen ... [et al.]. Met fondslijst door P. van Beest en P. de Bode. Rotterdam, Uitgeverij 010, 1993.