Crouwel And De Grote Bosatlas

category: > Features, > Graphic Design, > Indoor/Outdoor

written by: Jaap Proost

TWO editions of ‘De Grote Bosatlas’ have the famous cover designed by Wim Crouwel. Both the 46th and 47th edition, published in 1968 and 1971, show the functional and witty (‘grote’ means big in Dutch) typography of Crouwel.


But not only the cover of the atlas is worth the watch. The cartography is also top notch. Although the covers of both editions are the same, the pages inside are slightly different. There are minor adjustments, like using other drawing methods that resulted in more delicate lines, but that was not the biggest change in the Grote Bosatlas of 1971.


In the 1968 atlas the makers experimented with a layout that presented maps without framework. The idea was to single out countries or regions and use these maps for statistic data. It worked and the method of ‘island cartography’ became the standard in the 1971 version (see image 2 and 3).


I like this ‘island cartography’ feature very much, so I digitalized some maps from my 47th edition of the Grote Bosatlas to share with you.




Click on the double squares in the lower right corner to see popout pictures

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