Thijs Mauve: Rotterdam Wood Engravings
One of two remarkable books from The Reading Room Press to have recently arrived in the shop. Thijs Mauve [1915–1996] was a Dutch artist whose skills included wood engraving. Amongst the surviving blocks (some of which his widow has left to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) are a suite of ten images that he engraved for use in a book , published in 1949, commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of Rotterdam Harbour after its destruction during World War II. These are striking images and seemed to Reading Room Press well worth reproducing.
Set in Lutetia and printed on Zerkall Ingres, the sheets French-folded, there will be 100 copies.