woensdag 16 juni 2010


Betbüechlein. - S.l.: M.DC.VII. - [126 pp.]; 31x19 mm.

A facsimile of Viennese printer Ludwig Bonnoberger's famous prayer book of 1607, presented to a gathering of bibliophiles at the Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hofbibliothek (Imperial Court Library), September 29, 1912.

Bound like the original copy in buff cloth with interwoven silver threads.
dges gilt and gauffered with two indented circles. Printed in Vienna by Adolf Holzhausen and the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt. Housed in a scooped out compartment of a larger volume in olive-green cloth with the title gilt on the spine, containing details of this tiny prayerbook.

Not many details are known about the printer Ludwig Bonnoberger (? - 1614). Merely twenty editions bear his imprint - Typis Ludovici Bonnoberger, in Bursa Agni - ranging from 1603, when he took over the office ánd the widow of a Viennese printer (or reversed?), to 1616. The editions of 1615 and 1616 were issued under his name by his widow. The only copy known of the original miniature book is to be found in the the 'Prunksaal ' (splendor hall) of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library).

vrijdag 11 juni 2010

Biography in Books

Irma Boom: Biography in Books; Books in reverse chronological order 2010 -1986 with comments here and there. - Amsterdam: Special Collections UVA, 2010. - 50x28 mm., 704 p.; 450 images. - ISBN 978-94-90895-01-3

Red paper cover with foil stamping; dust jacket. Red silkscreen printed edges. Design Irma Boom and Sonja Haller. Printed by Lenoirschuring Amstelveen on Opaque pigmented 60 gr. Bound in Skivertex Vicuana/Wibalin Natural by Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder. In cardboard box, designed and cut by Marbus, Lisse. Biography in Books was published for an exhibition held at the Special Collections Depar
tment of the University of Amsterdam.

Biography of the Dutch graphic designer specialising in book making Irma Boom; together with an survey of her bookdesigns until now. Irma Boom (1960- ) is internationally known because of her wayward book designs. One of the most spectacular is the famous
book she made for SHV Holdings. In 11 kilograms and 2136 pages it represents the history of that company.
A selection of her books is displayed in MoMa New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Since 1992 Boom has been a critic at Yale University in the US and gives lectures and workshops worldwide. She has got many awards for her book designs a.o.
in 2001 the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre.
For examples see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk7jVI68Fjw

zondag 6 juni 2010

Historic American Flags

Historic American Flags. - Worcester: Achille J. St. Onge, 1968. - 49 p.: postage stamps; 72x55 mm.

Bleu niger morocco gilt binding by Proost and Brandt, edges gilt. Printed by Joh. Enschedé in Haarlem (The Netherlands) on Ingres Bütten paper with types Romulus and Cancelleresca Bastarda designed by Jan van Krimpen. 2000 copies.

Jan van Krimpen (1842-1958); dutch typographer and designer. Most of his types were meant for manual printing. His Romulus family of types (1931) including Cancelleresca (1935) is still used and well known in the US through the Limited Editions Club.

On July 4, 1968 the Unites States Post Office Department issued a series of ten stamps with historic flags. These stamps show flags used by colonists in the Revolutionary War. St Onge made use of this series as illustration for this miniature book. For Historic American Flags see: http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/flags/revflags.shtml