Gezelle made notes in his own books or dedicated his own poetry collections to his friends. Nowadays Gezelle's poems still inspire artists to print special editions.
You can find all the works written on Gezelle and his time in the Guido Gezelle Archives. We also collect all special editions of the works of Gezelle.
The bibliophile edition of Verses is an anthology of Gezelle’s poems. It appeared in 1902, shortly after the author’s death. Each one of the 100 luxury copies contains an original Gezelle autograph. For example, the manuscript of the poem Platanus Orientalis L. is present in Verses.
Verzen van Guido Gezelle (Verses of Guido Gezelle), Amsterdam: Veen, 1902.
This is a unique copy of the XXXIII Kleengedichtjes containing the text for the third, multiplied edition including handwritten corrections by Gezelle. This copy also has an alternative design for the new title and handwritten copies of “short poems” by Hugo Verriest, who was a student of Gezelle in Roeselare.
XXXIII Kleengedichtjes (XXXIII Short Poems), Guido Gezelle, Brugge: Dezuttere, 1872.
In this beautiful bibliophile work with a cover design by Alex Barbaix, printed at Pastei Press in Amsterdam, we get one poem by Guido Gezelle (The Raven) and one poem by Jacques Hamelink (Dead Seagull). Jacques Hamelink received the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his work on December 16th, 1988. On this occasion, he had his poem Dead Seagull printed in a limited edition of 72 copies.
In 36 copies he included Gezelle’s poem The Raven. It is a spooky, somewhat moralistic poem about an old raven. Printing the two poems together, Jacques Hamelink invites you to discover the parallels and differences. The two poems are wrapped in a special sheet of paper, on which an illustration by Alex Barbaix and the colophon are printed. The cover is held together by a skewer and raffia. The work is considered to be one of the highlights in recent Dutch bibliophile printing history.
De rave / De dode meeuw (The Raven / The Dead Seagull), Guido Gezelle & Jacques Hamelink, Amsterdam: Pastei, 1988.