Het vlas. (Translated from the Danish by Marie Nijland-van der Meer de Walcheren. Drawn and colored by Bart van der Leck.)
Amsterdam, De Spieghel, (1941). Original folding wrappers. 10 (= 24) p. Printed at De IJsel in Deventer in 550 numbered copies. 1st edition. Cover slightly browned and with some inevitable scraping on the edges. Small spots at the bottom of the pages. One of the highlights in Dutch twentieth-century book design. This edition was, illustrations, cover and the text to the last exclamation mark, hand-drawn by Bart van der Leck, in his typical angular, geometric style (the style of De Stijl). Text and image are interspersed with lines and areas in the primary colors blue, yellow and red. With the compulsory government 'K-number' 744 on the back of the cover.On the inside upper wrapper is a bookplate of Bernardina Helena ('Diek') Nijland, 'B.H. Nijland'. According to her descendants, the bookplate was designed by Bart van der Leck!Diek Nijland was the daughter of the book's translator, Marie Nijland-Van der Meer de Walcheren. Diek Nijland was married to the architect Piet Elling. Bart van der Leck was an intimate family friend for decades. From this simple exlibris, printed in red and black, no other copies are known.The story, 'The Flax' ('Hørren' in Danish) is an early tale by Andersen (1849), an extraordinary message of hope and fulfilment in adverse times.
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