Illustrations and typography

I love good illustrations and good typography. No matter where it appears. Like in this book for instance…


The damaged cover. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014


It apparently came from this shop.


This one was published in 1908.

In 1963, when I was in Israel for the very first time, I found this old book in a demolished house in southern Israel, close to the the Egyptian border and Gaza. Looked in it and decided that no matter its weight, I would take it home to Sweden. And so I did.

It is not the entire Bible. It is the five books of Moses + the book of Josua. It is in german. At some time it belonged to somebody and was given to him on his bar mitzwah in June 1919. His name was Ernst Pinkus. According to Google there was an Ernst Pinkus born in 1908… If that was the same one, whose book I have, I have no idea, and I have not investigated it either. (And I don’t want anyone claiming the book this long afterwards…).


The illustrations are beautiful and so is the typography. The covers are very damaged, but the inside of the book is fairly well kept. This book is over a hundred years old so…

Here are some examples of the illustrations and the typography.




Every chapter in the book has these beautiful illustrations and every part in it has really nice beginning capitals. I guess you can call its style “jugend” or art nouveau when it is at its best. Love it and love to look at the pictures and the layout.


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