Eddy Merckx art box and Merckxissimo book

19 Oct 2010

As some of you might know, the love for cycling is really strong in Belgium. It's something that really lives here, it's part of who we are, the people, the heroism… A great subject to do something with. The love for sports can be a great story teller and the best way to do that is still a book imho.

Meet Kannibaal Editors

Hard to believe for some, in this digital age, but there are still people out there that take great pride in creating lovely books. Thanks to Karel Vannieuwkerke I came in contact with Kannibaal Editors, a small publishing house from Lichtervelde, Belgium. You can find them on Twitter too. They touch all the right buttons with their statement.

Our challenge is to offer books which earn a place of honor on your bookshelves, due to their concept, layout, quality of illustrations and care for printing and finish. A publication by Kannibaal Editors: for the love of the sport and the book…

 — Kannibaal Editors

Kannibaal - Cannibal

Their name comes from the nickname that Eddy Merckx has, 'The Cannibal'. He was called 'The Cannibal' by frustrated opponents because he would try to win every race, whatever the time and place. In honor to celebrate that great Belgian racing cyclist Eddy Merckx, Kannibaal Editors published an exclusive art box. It's something that has never been done before. Than again, Eddy Merckx is not just any cyclist.

About Eddy Merckx

He is a former Belgian professional cyclist from 1961 to 1978, with 525 victories on his name. Cycling fans consider him to be the most successful cyclist in history. Some sports journalist even refer to him as the cycling god. He was called the ‘the most accomplished rider that cycling has ever known’ in 2000 by French magazine Vélo. The American publication, VeloNews, called him the greatest and most successful cyclist of all time. He won the Tour de France five times, won all the monuments of cycling, won the Giro d'Italia five times and the Vuelta a España, won the world championship as an amateur and a professional, and broke the world hour record.
(sources: Wikipedia and Eddy Merckx Cycles).

Eddy Merckx limited edition art box

When open, the art book measures 82cm/32in across and 45cm/17inch in height. The box contains exceptional texts and exclusive photographic material selected by photographer Stephan Vanfleteren (member of the jury of World Press Photo). Stephan is well known for his black-and-white documentary work. This jewel is contained in a luxurious box (61.5cm/20.7in x 50.5cm/19.8in) and is subject to limited availability in three sets: set 525, set 445 and set 150.

Very limited luxurious series of art boxes, with an Eddy Merckx bicycle numberplate, signed by Eddy Merckx himself. The art box contains exceptional texts and pictures from the talented photographer Stephan Vanfleteren.

Only set 525 and 150 include a series of 12 relics (in total there are 24 relics, two different series of 12) from the places where Eddy Merckx made history as a racing cyclist. Only a single edition will ever be printed of the three sets! Below some more info about the sets.

  • 525 IS THE NUMBER OF VICTORIES FOR EDDY MERCKX AS RACING CYCLIST
    Number 007/525 has been reserved for seven-times Tour winner Lance Armstrong. This set includes a series of 12 relics (in total there are 24 relics, two different series of 12) from the places where Eddy Merckx made history as a racing cyclist: water from the fountain of the Via Roma, earth from Mexico, pieces of rock from the Puy de Dôme, stone from the Mont-Ventoux, cobble stone from Paris-Roubaix,... These relics are supplied with a certificate of authenticity. Price 995.00 Euro (excluding postage)
  • 445 IS THE NUMBER OF VICTORIES FOR EDDY MERCKX WITH THE PROFS.
    This set does not contain relics. Price 795.00 Euro (excluding postage)
  • Eddy Merckx - set 150
    Number 001/150 has been reserved for His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium. This set includes a series of 12 relics (in total there are 24 relics, two different series of 12) from the places where Eddy Merckx made history as a racing cyclist: water from the fountain of the Via Roma, earth from Mexico, pieces of rock from the Puy de Dôme, stone from the Mont-Ventoux, cobble stone from Paris-Roubaix,... These relics are supplied with a certificate of authenticity. Price 995.00 Euro (excluding postage)

The 525 series of this Eddy Merckx art box contains 12 relics which are samples of places where Eddy Merckx wrote history.

My love for cycling

It's only the last few years that I've actually started following the cycling sport more closely. Ever since I've became a more regular cyclist, I've been bitten by the cycling bug. My partner Geert, makes sure we're on the bike 4 times a week. In the beginning it was often hard during Fall and Winter, when the weather is far from ideal to jump on the bike, but we never gave up. We stick to our 4 times a week schedule, year in year out, Summer or Winter. Sport is something I need and with this kind of job of always being inside and sitting down, I feel it's just vital for our health too.

This art box is a true collector's item for people who love cycling and are a big fan of the great Eddy Merckx. Because it's so well executed in every way and it has this quality photography, I thought I share this here with you. I didn't buy an art box myself, as it's rather expensive, understandable due to the materials, time to produce and its exclusive nature. However I did buy the book called Merckxissimo (link in Dutch), a Dutch book about Eddy Merckx with beautifully written text of 25 different authors and Karel Vannieuwkerke telling the story of Eddy's first Tour victory in 26 chapters. Perfect layout and typography, all accompanied with old but beautiful photos chosen or taken by Stephan Vanfleteren

Merckxissimo

One of the things that really caught my eye the first time I saw this book, was the very nice looking hard cover with the stunning photo, taken by Stephan Vanfleteren, and its big dimensions. Knowing that this book is full of beautiful written stories and with nice photos, printed on quality paper, bundled and finished on the highest level a book can be, I just knew I had to buy it. The first thing I always do when I have a new book in my hands, and after I've admired its cover, is open it, touch it, and smell it :) The inside paper, its ink… I just can't help it, but there is something about it. I do the same with Apple products, but that's because they smell new… Still, it's just bigger than myself, but the smell of it is something that makes it complete. As soon as I started to wade through the pages I really admired its well-balanced layout, with a lot of well thought out white space, and the choice of typography. The typefaces used in this book for the titles and body-copy are FF Scala and Scala sans, 2 very elegant typefaces that I think are perfectly chosen.

Merckxissimo, a book about the great Belgian racing cyclist Eddy Merckx.

Some Specs

  • Lay-out: Luc De Meyer
  • Printed on: GardaPat 13 Kiara 150g/m2
  • Printed at: Drukkerij die Keure, Brugge, Belgium
  • Bookbinding: Brepoels, Turnhout, Belgium

I bought this book not only because of my love for cycling, but also because it's so well executed. It's the whole package. I love books. I don't have many though, but there is something about a book that will never be matched by its digital counterpart. I believe, even with this digital age and all, they are here to stay for a very long time.

Comments

  1. 1 Martin S. 19 Oct 2010

    Now that looks absolutely gorgeous. This is probably the only way The Cannibal should be conveyed these days (other than old video clips of the legend).

    I’d love to get my hands on this one!

    Hope this inspires more web people to start biking :)

  2. 2 Chris 19 Oct 2010

    Wow - now I have another reason to read your site.  I’m a relatively serious cyclist and have been for years - it’s absolutely awesome to know that you guys are into it, too.  :)

  3. 3 Dion 19 Oct 2010

    & who did the graphic design of the book..?

  4. 4 Veerle Pieters 19 Oct 2010

    @Dion

    & who did the graphic design of the book..?

    Dion, I’ve added those details back to the article. There was a tag missing and that part wasn’t visible when i published it originally.

  5. 5 Darren Web 23 Oct 2010

    these are stunning photos, I love the idea behind Eddy Merckx’s art box.

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