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B is een beer by Dick Bruna

Contributed by Jan Rutten on Mar 22nd, 2015. Artwork published in .
    B is een beer by Dick Bruna 1
    Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    A children’s book by Dick Bruna that is meant to teach the alphabet. Each spread consists of a lowercase letter and an illustration of something that starts with that letter. Like most of Bruna’s children’s books of that period it is set in Mercator [edit: it’s Akzidenz-Grotesk, see comments].

    Peculiar is that instead of ‘y’, the Dutch diphthong ‘ij’ is used.

    a is for appel
    Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    a is for appel

    a is for appel
    Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    f is for fluit

    a is for appel
    Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    s is for schaap

    B is een beer by Dick Bruna 5
    Photo: Jan Rutten. Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.
    a is for appel
    Dick Bruna, Mercis Publishing bv. License: All Rights Reserved.

    ij is for ijsje

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    2 Comments on “B is een beer by Dick Bruna”

    1. Will Kortum says:
      Jul 10th, 2019  7:42 pm

      While some Bruna editions used LA Mercator (Ik Kan Lezen, for example), they also used versions of Akzidenz Grotesk–– This example uses AG, not Mercator, as identified by the lowercase “t” and the upwards curving tail on the lowercase “a.”

    2. Jul 10th, 2019  8:29 pm

      Right you are! Thank you very much for this correction.

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