All eight issues of the ‘Wolkenkrabber’ magazine and the original picture postcard with the response of Willem Frederik Hermans
While living in lodgings on the Victorieplein in Amsterdam, the young Piet Schreuders was fascinated by the neighbourhood of Berlage and his colleagues, the Amsterdam School and in particular the Wolkenkrabber (the ‘12-verdiepingenhuis’ - the twelve-storey house). As a student of Dutch he studied many old literary magazines and read a lot from Willem Frederik Hermans. In the summer of 1971 he came up with the idea for the ‘literary’ magazine De Wolkenkrabber.
‘It was originally my intention to make twelve issues (12 floors, 12 issues) but after seven issues I lost interest and the last issue was number 8: The Annotated Skyscraper’, according to Piet Schreuders.
During his time as editor of the Wolkenkrabber, Piet Schreuders got in touch with Hermans for the first time, which led to friendly correspondence that would last until his death in 1995.
In number 7, previously unpublished miscellaneous writings of W.F. Hermans were collected. Hermans responded to this on 31 January 1972 by means of a postcard with an image of ‘Paarserense q1’ by Rense Alberegt.
The original postcard with the signature of Willem Frederik Hermans is part of this unique lot. Hermans’ response was included in the last Wolkenkrabber, number 8. It also contains a list of subscribers that changed during the period of publication of the Wolkenkrabber. As can be deduced from the list, the circulation varied between 12 and 20 copies. A complete collection will therefore not be easily found. Which emphasises the uniqueness of this lot.
All issues were ‘printed’ on a photocopier and then bound with a strip of adhesive tape. Despite their age, the Wolkenkrabbers are still legible.
Source: Introduction of Piet Schreuders from 2010 for the VPRO radio series about the magazine Wolkenkrabber.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Piet Schreuders, Willem Frederik Hermans e.a.
- Book Title
- Wolkenkrabber (alle 8 nummers incl. het Hermans-nummer en diens reactie daarop)
- Publication year oldest item
- Publication year youngest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Piet Schreuders, Amsterdam
- Binding/ Material
- Limited edition
- 30×21 cm