Dutch Pamphlets Online

The Knuttel Collection: 1486-1853 and Van Alphen Collection: 1542-1853

The Knuttel Collection: 1486-1853
• Number of titles: 33,487
• Languages used: primarily Dutch but also French, German, Latin and English
Location of originals: the National Library of the Netherlands

The Knuttel Collection at the National Library of the Netherlands, is the most extensive pamphlet collection in the Netherlands. The thousands of pamphlets presented here constitute an essential source for understanding these tumultuous periods of history. They range from political apologies and manifestoes to tracts for and against predestination in theology.
The Van Alphen Collection: 1542-1853
• Number of titles: 2,779
• Languages used: primarily Dutch but also French, German, Latin and English
Location of originals: University Library, Groningen

The Van Alphen Collection (University Library, Groningen) supplements the Knuttel Collection. The core of the collection is formed by four large acquisitions: 27 vols., collected by the Counter Reformist preacher Willem Crijnsz, were acquired in 1751. Another 59 vols. contain 1253 pamphlets from the period 1617-1760. 95 Vols. contain political tracts concerning the differences between England and the Dutch Republic and the troubles in the Republic. 43 Vols. contain pamphlets from the 17th and early 18th century.

Please contact our sales team for more information on prices and licensing.

"Pamphlets provided early modern dissident movements with a new and powerful tool to publicise their causes, nowhere more effectively than by the protagonists in the Dutch Revolt. By far the most complete collection of these pamphlets, published in Dutch but also in French, German and Latin, was made by the nineteenth-century Dutch bibliographer and librarian Willem Knuttel. The online publication of this hitherto under-used resource, which will allow the application of new techniques, will surely transform our understanding of the early modern history of the Low Countries." Alastair Duke, University of Southampton
"TEMPO [The Early Modern Pamphlets Online] is, at this time, the closest Dutch equivalent to such monumental online resources as EEBO (Early English Books Online), ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online), and Gallica. So wide is the range of materials contained in the Knuttel collection, and so fundamental the importance of many of the pamphlets it contains, that there is practically no historian of the Dutch Republic who has not used it. To digitize such a resource is to revolutionize how it can be used, and by whom. Students as well as scholars, and historians of other lands as well as the Netherlands, will soon be discovering it as well." Benjamin Kaplan, University College London
"The vast and rich pamphlet collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, as cataloged by W.P.C. Knuttel, is an indispensable resource for generations of historians of the early modern Netherlands. The online publication of these pamphlets will forever change the landscape of research and teaching in this field." Henk van Nierop, Universiteit van Amsterdam
"The Knuttel collection represents one of the most extraordinary resources for students of sixteenth-century politics, religion and print culture. It is marked by a striking coherence, and enhanced by a superbly scholarly catalogue. It is a fundamental resource which deserves to be far better known and far more intensively studied." Andrew Pettegree, University of St Andrews
  • Collapse
  • Expand