BOOM, Irma and Johan PIJNAPPEL. SHV 1896-1996. [Centennial Album / Jubileumboek]. AKA Thinkbook. 2136 pp. Thick 8vo., 230 x 180 x 120 mm, bound in publisher's boards and cardboard box. Utrecht: SHV Holdings, 1996.
An immaculate copy of the chef d'oeuvre of the Dutch designer Irma Boom. Commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the Steenkolen Handels Vereeniging, a coal conglomerate, the book took 5 years to make. In order to save trees, the book was printed on cotton based banknote paper. Among the many features is the fore-edge, which starts out as a field of tulips and can be transformed into a poem by Gerrit Achterberg. Laser printing, multi-colour printing, sophisticated computer techniques and special screens were used to reproduce hundreds of documents and photographs. The result is a masterpiece of book design. This is one of the 500 copies printed with English text.
Item nr. 166812