Monsters van de Peel. Photographs by Martien Coppens. Graphic Design by Herman Rademaker. Lecturis, Eindhoven, 1958. 36 pp. Quarto (8 x 10.5 in./20 x 26.5 cm). 200 copies, the entire edition. Stiff card wrappers. No jacket as issued. 13 black-and-white, 5 with monochrome color. Original loose, brown protective sheets front and rear.
Included in The Dutch Photobook as well as Parr/Badger, Vol. I.
One of the best books I've seen in the sub-genre of company photobooks produced by printing companies in this case the Eindhoven printers Lecturis. With a radical layout by graphic designer Herman Rademaker. However, as Rik Suermondt writes in The Dutch Photobook, "Coppens did not feel entirely comfortable with Rademakers avant-garde treatment of his autonomous pictures as a typographic game with letters. Inspired by Otto Steinert's Subjektive Photography movement and the lyrical abstraction of Tachism in painting, he aimed with his 'Peel Monsters to turn a literal portrayal into a metaphysical moment. 'Monsters van de Peel is a typical case of the dominant role that Dutch designers played in photobooks. The collaboration resulted in a unique work of graphic art."
Corner of one page just a bit loose; otherwise absolutely pristine.