Belgian Art Nouveau style bookbinding

Henry Van de Velde and Paul Claessens

Shortly before leaving for Germany, the great Belgian designer-architect Henry van de Velde created the decoration for the cover of this original edition of the Petites Légendes ornamented by Théo Van Rysselberghe. The book only came off the famous Brussels printing presses on 25 January 1901. It is worth noting the absence of irons for this graceful decoration executed with only thin lines. Website Bibliotheca Wittockiana

Boookbinding, book
Type of acquisition: 
Donated by Michel Wittock
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Depository institution: 
Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Brussels