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De Muze en de seizoenen Jenny Dalenoord

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Did you know there are people amongst us who get a happy feeling when the summer ends and the leaves start to fall? For those romantic souls this book cover must be a special treat. It is another Dutch book week gift, cover design and illustrations by Jenny Dalenoord in 1953.

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Jenny Dalenoord is one of the leading ladies in post-war children book illustration in the Netherlands. I found a nice movie of a visit she paid to KrisKras, a book store in Amsterdam in 2005. Jenny was 87 then, but shining. I will show some covers she did in a future post. Below are some details from this Muse and the seasons book. Look at the wonderful play between positive and negative form.

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De Muze en de seizoenen
Poetry collected by Clara Eggink
CPNB – 1953
Cover and illustrations by Jenny Dalenoord
Book format: 135 x 215 mm

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De Muze en het Meisje Dutch gift

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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.

Each year the CPNB (Stichting Collectieve Propaganda voor het Nederlandse Boek or foundation for the Collective Promotion of Dutch Books) publishes a book (or books) around a varying theme, that booksellers then can present to their customers as a gift. They do this since 1930. From the late fourties to the early sixties a side series was produced four young readers, carrying de Muzethe Muse – in its title.

This one, the Muse and the Girl, was designed and illustrated by Jan van Keulen, who designed de Groene Amsterdammer as early as 1945 and taught graphic design and typography at the Academy of the Hague in the sixties. Take some time to look at the archive the NAGO website dedicated to his work.

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The details below might help to explain what I meant when talking about spot colour printing and manual colour separation on the spinsels page of this blog. The density of the yellow and red and their overlaps with the greyish blue-green can not be achieved in CMYK printing. The power of solid colour on paper amazes me every time. On top of that, the black plate was first slightly embossed in the paper, which gives it an extra tactile dimension. This little book is very precious to me.

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De Muze en het Meisje – 1957
Poetry collected by Ad den Besten and Bert Voeten
Design and illustrations Jan van Keulen
Book format: 135 x 215 mm

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One more muse… Jan Bons

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Another poetry collection from the Muze-series, this one was designed and illustrated by Jan Bons in 1958. Bons is a Dutch graphic designer, famous for the posters he made for the IDFA film festival or theatre de Appel, both in Amsterdam. He uses paper cut and collage technique a lot. Watching the excellent documentary by Lex Reitsma on his life and method of designing can only make today’s designers jealous of the freedom this man worked in, both practical and mental. Google him on images and you will become a happier person, guaranteed.

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De Muze vertelt
Poetry collected by J.C. Brandt Corstius and Han G. Hoekstra
CPNB – 1958
Illustrations and typography by Jan Bons
Book format: 135 x 215 mm

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