Histoire de Bélisaire
Author: Pierre Girard (1892 - 1956)
The Netherlands-France Society published a review of Colère in which M.J. Premsela praised the publisher's 'genuinely refined taste' and the 'beautiful typographical work' of his books. This work relied heavily on the cooperation of Dutch typographers S.H. de Roos and S.H. Wijnhoven, who designed and etched the title, sub-titles and initials. The book was printed by Geuze in Dordrecht. Gondrexon's second edition was also reviewed by Premsela in Het Fransche boek, in which it was called a 'typographical masterpiece'. This work was Histoire de Bélisaire by the Swiss writer Pierre Girard, a poetic story about an imagined love that is crossed by an actual love affair.
For this second book, Gondrexon used the Erasmus font face by S.H. de Roos. This was again printed by Geuze in Dordrecht, who published the book in September 1926. The Koopman Collection copy is one of 26 special copies for friends: the one intended for publisher and typographer A.A.M. Stols. Gondrexon wrote a dedication in it: 'To my teacher, but above all to my friend'. Stols was also responsible for bringing Gondrexon into contact with the author Valery Larbaud, which led to the publisher's most beautiful booklet in June 1927: 200 chambres, 200 salles de bains, about life in luxurious hotels. This publication ended his short career as a publisher. But during the war, Gondrexon was able to do something for Stols in return, publishing the story Valken ('Falcons') by Jan Willem Hofstra clandestinely at Van Marken in Delft. According to the colophon, the book was printed for S. Sanders – actually Alexandre Stols – and printed by Jan Kanon – who was actually Gondrexon.
Description: Histoire de Bélisaire / Pierre Girard. - La Haye : Gondrexon, 1926. - 60 p. ; 23 cm
Printer: P.J. Geuze (Dordrecht)
Edition: 176 copies
This copy: Number E of 26 copies (marked from A to Z), printed for A.A.M. Stols, on Dutch Van Gelder
Note: With autograph dedication from Jean Gondrexon to A.A.M. Stols
Shelfmark: KW Koopm B 1470
- C. van Dijk, Alexandre A.M. Stols, 1900-1973, uitgever/typograaf: een documentatie. Zutphen, Walburg Pers, 1992
- Het Fransche boek,6 (1926/27)
- Het Fransche boek,7 (1927/28)