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Antiquariaat Acanthus
Achter Sint Pieter 180
3512 HT Utrecht
The Netherlands


Iris van Daalen


+31(030) 231 49 49 +31(030) 231 49 49



Turkenkalender 1942.
WERKMAN, H.N. Turkenkalender 1942. WERKMAN, H.N. - Turkenkalender 1942. (Heerenveen), De Blauwe Schuit, 1941. 32.7 x 25 cm. (30 pp., incl. inner wrps.). With 12 illustrated calendar pages printed in various colours, a double-page 'druksel' in 5 colours, and 16 text-pp. incl. some with col. illustrations. Orig. wrappers printed in 3 colours. A very good copy of one of the most desirable and rare publications by the Dutch designer and printmaker Hendrik Werkman (1882-1945), best known for his innovative printing techniques and avant-garde typography. He was the publisher of 'De Blauwe Schuit', a series of underground booklets produced by dissident authors and poets, including Jewish writers, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands. Werkman was imprisoned by the German secret police in 1945, and executed without trial just three days before the country's liberation. The present work is inspired by a pamphlet published in 1454 by Johan Gutenberg, in which he warned against a Turkish invasion in Europe. Werkman's calendar includes a number of Dutch resistance songs, (incl. by Vondel and Marnix of St. Aldegonde) from the period of the Dutch struggle against Spanish rule in the 17th century. A wonderful publication in Avantgarde style, designed and printed by Werkman in 120 copies.

Dekkers/ Van der Spek/ De Vries BS-8 & extensively on p. 307-339; Logboek van De Blauwe Schuit 8; Cat. Hot Printing 41-g9; De Jong 819; Cf. Alston W. Purvis, H.N. Werkman, Yale Univ. Press, 2004.
Exhibitor: Antiquariaat Acanthus

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