Monthly Archives: August 2009


De Muze en het Meisje

Dutch gift This beautiful little book cost me a few euros in a bookstore in the Hague, but to the first owner it was completely free. A gift, presented during the dutch book week in 1957.


Two sisters?

needlework type To finish the series on needle-crafted type with a sunday feeling, here are two pieces from the Ecole Moyenne de l’Etat in Verviers. Made by two girls with the same aristocratic surname von Hagen. Sisters I presume, but … Continue reading



Super Tailor’s Tape I feel that if things stay on your table for a long time, they must mean something to you. This being decided, I just have to figure out what. Hm.


Colourful Bindings

Alexis Keunen This colourful lot is part of the Livre du Mois collection, published for a subscribers-only book club in the early fifties. Many of the  Books of the Month were printed in Liège, and the ones shown here were … Continue reading



Primetta In Blink! I show stuff that tickles the corner of my eye. Shop window in the Vossenstraat / Rue des Renards, Brussels.



Dick Bruna Striking but unconventional. Four shouting elements – an extra bold slab serif title, a strangely cropped up-close picture, the blurb text in red and a classical vignette – all together on the front cover of a book and … Continue reading


Power type!

book cover Seen at Books by the Sea, a nice second hand and antiquarian bookshop in Bude, Cornwall. Philip K. Dick – A Maze of Death Gollancz 1972, first UK edition.


Book design

grand openings 2 Another flea market finding, this book by Léon Bloy first struck me for its spartan cover concept. Opening it leads to a second surprise: the end papers show a macabre mediæval scene (is it Bosch?).


Analog pixel art 5

faience? Ninove, today. Postscript has taken over the market…


Analog pixel art 4

Another stitched alphabet Another great exercise, dated 1921. While she has all the other N’s right, Ghislaine mirrored the one in her own name. I like this piece a lot. It looks very even at first sight, while looking closer … Continue reading