SQUATTING. Collection of five books and a handbill relating to the Dutch squatters’ movement. 1969-1980.

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Collection of five books and a handbill relating to the Dutch squatters’ movement.

Handleiding krakers. Redt un pandje bezet un pandje.
(Amsterdam): (Woningburo de kraker & Federatie van Onafhankelijke Vakgroepen), (1969).

Oblong 4to (215 x 304 mm), pp.[16]. Side-stapled card covers, white, printed in red and black; soiled and worn, staples rusty, stain to bottom edge. A good copy.

First edition. 4 copies in OCLC, three of which are in the Netherlands, the other at Yale University Library.

Het Aangiftenboek van de Nieuwmarkt.
Amsterdam: Juridiese Groep Nieuwmarkt, 1975.

Oblong 4to (204 x 286 mm), 65 printed leaves side-stapled in brown photo-illustrated card covers; light foxing to edges and production cutting flaw otherwise fine.

Second printing, no copies in OCLC.

Zwartboek v.h. Justitieel Klachten Buro. Juni 1977-1978.
(Rotterdam): (JKB), [1978].

4to (297 x 210 mm), 42 printed leaves side-stapled in blue printed paper covers; sunned, light wear, staples rusty. Very good.

One copy in OCLC: Universiteit Utrecht.

[Amsterdam]: [De amsterdamse kraakgroepen], [1979].

Original handbill (304 × 216 mm), printed in offset on recto and verso; light toning to paper otherwise fine.

A larger version printed in purple and red is held at the Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.

Kraken. Zelfwerkzaamheids-Opdracht. Semester IV (4) 1979/1980. Strafrecht.
Rotterdam: Erasmus Universiteit, (1979).

4to (291 x 206 mm), pp.2-53. Black-and-white photo-illustrated green perfect bound wrappers, text in black; toned. Very good.

Even geduld, deze straat is gekraakt. Vondelstraat februari, maart 1980.
(Amsterdam): (Lont), [1980].

Small 4to (195 x 208 mm), pp.[84]. Black-and-white photographs by Paul Babeliowsky, text by Paul Bodoni. Black-and-white photo-illustrated perfect bound wrappers, black, text in white; one leaf loose. Edges and spine worn, rear cover lightly toned.

First edition. 6 copies in OCLC, 5 in the Netherlands and 1 in Denmark.

The Dutch squatters’ movement emerged from Provo, a group of anarchist, situationist, counter-cultural artists active in the mid-1960s, and the Kabouters, a political party that continued to advocate for the issues that Provo raised.

The earliest book in this collection, Handleiding krakers [Squatters Manual], contains all the practical information you would need to occupy a property, including picking and reinstalling locks, fixing toilets, and repairing damaged roofs and floors. Het Aangiftenboek van de Nieuwmarkt contains a written and photographic account of the protests that arose around the controversial redevelopment of the old Nieuwmarkt area of Amsterdam.

The Nieuwmarkt protests mark the moment when the many disparate squatters’ groups in the Netherlands began to organise themselves into a network of independent groups. Subsequently, the period from the mid-1970s-1980s represents the height of the movement before a series of legislations were introduced in the late 1980s and 1990s which made it increasingly more difficult for the squatters. A ban on squatting in the Netherlands came into force in October 2010. Until then a building could be squatted legally if it was empty and not in use for twelve months.

Steen, B. van der., The City Is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present, pp.21-61

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