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Dutch Scientific Entertainment Journal

Utopia: Een Tweemaandelijks Tijdschrift voor Wetenschappelijk Amusement. No. 1 (n.d., early 1976) through 10 (September 1978) plus special boxed edition on architect J.M. Jujol (all published).

Delft: Hans Oldewarris, 1976-1978. Various sizes, mostly 4to. and folio (including 29.5 x 21, 31 x 30, and 42 x 25 cm). Primarily original printed wrappers, no. 8 with original illustrated envelope, no. 10 with original cardstock outer folders, supplement in original cardboard box with illustrated label affixed to lid. Varying pagination, most issues 12-30 pp. Extremely good condition.

A complete run in 10 issues plus supplement of the Dutch "scientific entertainment" journal, founded by a group of four architecture students from Delft including Hans Oldewarris, Han Kamphuis, Jan Pesman, and Peter de Winter. Oldewarris and de Winter together founded the award-winning 010 Publishers, which over the decades has produced more than 700 titles in the areas of architecture and design. In 1994, they were the first publisher outside of the United States to be named "Publisher of the Year" by the American Institute of Architects.

Utopia focused on creative and innovative design with a humorous twist, with the issues containing prose, comics, and essays on a range of topics including television, music, architecture, design, astrology, automobiles, and technology. The design and format varied from issue to issue, most operating around a certain theme, but all are profusely illustrated and several feature various inserts and mounted objects. The first three numbers were issued in runs of 300, numbers 4 and 5 in runs of 500, and then circulation slowly rose to 2000 copies.

The famous 'Typewriter' issue (no. 8) has contributions by Dutch authors such as W.F. Hermans, Rudy Kousbroek, and Piet Grijs, and it comes with samples of carbon paper and correction foil. The copy in this collection preserves its original illustrated mailing envelope. The limited edition supplement on Spanish architect and Gaudí colleague José María Jujol Gibert includes printed sheets, slides, playing cards, glue, a paintbrush, and ink pads comprising a sort of "do-it-yourself" building kit. This box is hand-numbered 487 from an edition of 500.

Very scarce; as of August 2022, OCLC locates only three libraries in the United States with holdings of any part of this run.

Book ID: 52309

Price: $3,500.00