Mathieu Lommen


De Buitenkant, 2003


Designed by Marie-Cécile Noordzij-Pulles and printed by LenoirSchuring and Jan de Jong, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Published in an edition of 1,500 copies.


I really should have picked this up long before now as I’m a great admirer of Bram de Does’s work. Now that I’ve finally got round to buying a copy, I find it to be a book that merits a special place on my shelves. It joins a small selection of offset litho-printed books that are part of my fine press library. It is a superbly designed volume that manages to stay uncomplicated and coherent despite being a bi-lingual edition. The setting, as is only fitting, is in De Does’ two typeface designs, with Trinité for the Dutch text in the top half of the pages and Lexicon for the English text in the bottom half.

This particularly well written and well illustrated book is a must for anyone wishing to know more about this most important Dutch typographer, type designer and fine press printer. But be sharp about getting a copy, as the edition is getting harder to come by without spending large sums of money on!




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