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The Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books

Netherlands – Catharijne Press

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Described on this page are copies of miniature books in the Smith Collection published by a press in a country other than the United States.

Catharijne Press


and Zuilichem


Poe, Edgar Allan. Two Poems. Utrecht: The Catharijne Press, 1984. 22 pp. 1-5/8″ x 2-1/2″. Colophon: One hundred copies of this miniature book have been set in 6 pt ‘De Roos Romein’, printed at the handpress on 90 grs Hahnemuhle Buttenpapier and were hand bound in full leather. Photogravure: Johan de Zoete; Typography: Guus Thurkow; Binding: Luce Thurkow. This is #27 of 200 copies. Completed during August 1984. Laus Deo! The two poems are intitled “To Helen”, and “Annabel Lee” respectively. Black and white photograph frontispiece by Johan de Zoete. Bound in full black leather with title paper affixed to front cover.

The Song of Songs by Solomon. Utrecht: Catharijne Press, 1985. 51 pp., 2 1/2″ x 1 11/16″. Colophon: Set in 5 point Trinite’ Medium Italic 4 and printed by Joh. Enschede’ en Zonen in Haarlem on 100 grs Simili Japan supplied by Van Gelder Zonen in Amsterdam. The standard edition is limited to 155 copies, numbered 1-133. A special edition of 12 copies, numbered I-XII, has been executed with the copperplate engraving in four states and the initials heightened with gold. Design and initials: Bram de Does. Copperplate engraving: Bertil Schmull. Binding and handcolouring: Luce Thurdow. This is copy number 31. The 3rd miniature of this press. This is the translation of the Jewish Publication Society and is “undoubtely the best English translation in existence.” Frontispiece is a numbered, signed, copper-plate engraving. Bound in full vellum.

Blades, William. Collectors, the Enemies of Books. Utrecht: Catharijne Press, 1985. #36 of 250 copies.

Wilde, Oscar. The House of Judgment. Utrecht, The Netherlands: The Catharijne Press. 2-5/8″ x 2-1/16″. Colophon: Oscar Wilde’s The House of Judgment first published in ‘The Spirit Lamp’, Oxford, 1893, has been calligraphed on 18th Century handmade paper by J.H. Moesman in Tullen’t Waal and was bound by Luce Thurkow in Utrecht in the year 1985. Loose Colophon: (inserted in pocket at the end of the book): This publication of The Catharijne Press is dedicated to Ronald Thurkow. Printed in four colors by Hans Hartzheim after a calligraphed original by J.H. Moesman. The standard edition is limited to 150 copies, numbered 1-150, printed on 90 grs Hahnemuhle Antique and bound in brown cloth by Luce Thurkow. A special edition of 15 copies, numbered I-XV, has been printed on vellum by Guus Thurkow. One standard-edition copy, lettered A, goes with the original. This is copy number XIV. Completed during August 1986. Laus Deo! Bound in white vellum with the title printed in black on the front cover with black ribbons to tie book closed. Kept inside a cardboard covering held together with a blue rubber band.

Kok, Henry A.R. Anne Frank (1929-1945): A Biography. Zuilichem: Catharijne Press, 1995. 40 pp., 2 ½” x 1 5/8″. Colophon: Set from 6 pt TrinitéRoman Condensed 2 and printed on 90 g Rives by Joh. Enschedé Amersterdam B.V. The standard edition is limited to 175 copies, numbered 1-175. The special edition of 15 copies, numbered I-XV, has a 14 ct gold-plated Star of David mounted on the front cover and comes in a leather-lined folding case. Translations: Léonie van Lieshout. Binding: Binding: Luce Thükôw. Typography Guse Thükôw. This is copy no. 82 Completed in March, 1995. Laus Deo!

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels: A Voyage to Lilliput. Zuilichem: Catharijne Press, 1995. 58 pp., 2 ½” x 4 7/8″. Colophon: Set from 4.8 Gulliver Book Compact and printed on 70g Delphi. The standard edition is limited to 175 copies, numbered 1-175. A special edition of 15 copies, numbered I-XV, comes with an extra suite of the illustrations, handcolooured, under passe-partout and placed in a second identical binding. Both volumes in a slipcase. A limited number of copies was specially printed for Gerard Unger, the creator of the Gulliver type. Typography: Gerard Unger. Illustrations: Arne Zuidhoek. Printing Jan de Jong. Binding: Luce Thükôw. Translations: Giel Massy. This is copy no. 82. Laus Deo!

De Bakker, Piet. The Young Stork’s Baedeker: Travel Guide. Zuilichem: Catharijne Press, 1998. 40 pp., 2¾” x 1¾”. Colophon: Set from 6 point Swift and printed in two colours on 80 g Bioset. The standard edition is limited to 175 copies, numbered 1-175. The special edition of 15 copies, numbered I-XV, has a separate, identically bound volume. This “Lexicon” was printed in an edition of 15 copies only and come together with the ‘Travel Guide’ in a slipcase. Maps after Creutz (1985). (slightly adapted) The Frontispiece is taken from C. Nozeman’s ‘Nederlandsche Vogelen’. Text: Piet de Bakker. Translations: Léonie van Lieshout. Type Design: Gerard Unger. Typography/Cartography: Jessica Zeelenberg. Printing Jan de Jong. Binding: Luce Thükôw. This is copy no. 82 Laus Deo!

Florilegium: A Collection of Flower Initials Designed by Maurice Defrene. Utrecht: Catharijne Press, 1998. 30 pp., 2 ½” x 1 ½”. Colophon: Set in 5 point Bodoni Antiqua Condensed and printed by Hans Hartzheim on 100 grs Conqueror Bond Velin. Introduction by Nel Franco. Hand-colouring by Luce Thükôw Binding by Guus Thükôw. The standard edition is limited to 150 copies, numbered 1-150. In a special edition of 15 copies, numbered I-XV, the initials have been heightened with gold; these copies have a slipcase. Three copies, lettered A-C, have been printed on vellum. This is copy nr. 95. Completed during March 1988. Laus Deo!

Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. The Catharijne Press. 89 pp. 2 9/16″ x 1 3/4″. 150 copies.

Evangile Selon St. Matthiew. The Catharijne Press. One of 15 of special edition.