Small unpaginated (12 pp.) private-press volume of nine stunning typographical illustrations, printed in four colors, using type and ornaments such as pointing hands, clovers, hearts, and decorative borders, to compose figurative illustrations. Small 4to. Original printed sewn paper wrpps., some very slight browning. Houten, Netherlands (Green Escape Press) n.d. (circa 1982). Limited edition of 100 signed copies. Relief stamp to back cover of Ger Kleis, the printer of Sub Signo Libelli.
This volume was the combined project of Surrealist painter J.H. Moesman and the printer Henk van Otterloo. The two worked together for six years to create the illustrations for this volume. According to the colophon, van Otterloo said, "One day I opened a cabinet containing a large, little-used font and what did I see there? A man in a bowler hat." The images in this book include a portrait of Laurens Jansz Koster, the inventor of the printing press, a mermaid, Adam and Eve, and a painting exhibition. The images were printed on 19th-century paper and published by Van Otterloo's Green Escape Press, and the composed type was given to the Museum Meermanno in the Hague in 2006. Very scarce; as of June 2019, WorldCat locates only a single holding in a North American institution. Book ID: 50028