Ed van der Elsken - Once upon a time
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Ed van der Elsken - Once upon a time - Amsterdam - Fragment Uitgeverij - 1991 - 1st edition - 216, 60pp - Cloth binding with dust jacket - 31 x 31 cm. - Design: Jan van Toorn
Condition: Excellent - and book block firmly in the binding (which is not very common with this edition).
Monograph by Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990); the photographer's last photo book, with retrospective overview of his life and work. With texts by Jan Vrijman and Johan van der Keuken. Illustrated in colour and black and white. With biography by Evelyn de Regt and bibliography. Hardcover first NL edition. Beautifully designed standard work; indispensable in every Van der Elsken collection.
¶ One of the 'Best Verzorgde Boeken' [Best Dutch Book Designs] of the year [transl.]: "Nothing but admiration for the rough layout, the smell of printing ink and the endpapers as photographic mirrors" but also some technical criticism: "the wide format means that the heavy book block is already hanging far forward because the book is hardly glued ".