LECK, Bart van der - H.C. ANDERSEN.

Lot 14: With a coloured woodcut bookplate by Van der Leck for Diek Nijland

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: ART - LECK, Bart van der - H.C. ANDERSEN. Het Vlas “Uit het Deensch vertaald (Dutch transl.) M. Nijland-van der Meer de Walcheren. "Geteekend en gekleurd" (drawn and coloured) by B. van der Leck. Amsterdam, N.V. De Spieghel, [1942]. 4to. Original decorated wrappers No. 302 of 550 numbered copies in ‘De Stijl’- colours black, red, yellow and blue. (2), 10, (2) pp. With a woodcut bookplate in red and black by Van der Leck for B.H. Nijland (pastedown). Sl. discoloured and stained, but good copy.
Artist or Maker: LECK, Bart van der - H.C. ANDERSEN.
Provenance: Estate of Diek Nijland, daughter of the translator
Notes:
B.M. (Diek) Nijland, the former wife of architect Piet Elling (whom she met for the first time at Rietveld's house), was the daughter of Jonkvrouw Maria Gijsberta van der Meer de Walcheren, the translator. The latter proposed an illustrated edition as early as 1938, but because of the war and Van der Leck's perfectionism the book wasn't published until 1942. Good copy of this remarkable production entirely designed by Bart van der Leck. With a small but ravishing woodcut. Unrecorded.
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