Warfare and the Age of Printing (4 vols.)

Catalogue of Early Printed Books from before 1801 in Dutch Military Collections

An important part of the Dutch national treasure of early printed books from before 1801 on military and related subjects is kept in military libraries and collections. This catalogue contains 10,000 books in twelve different languages dated 1500–1800 from nine different Defence institutions/collections, representing both Army and Navy. By far the largest collections are the property of the Royal Netherlands Army Museum in Delft and the Royal Netherlands Military Academy in Breda. A great if not substantial part of these books is especially of international significance because of the contents, the intrinsic value or as historical objects. It took eight years to trace and describe these books, all of which have been given extensive analytical bibliographic descriptions.
The book includes over 2000 illustrations.
The book is a project of the Royal Netherlands Army Museum, Delft

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Louis Ph. Sloos, M.A. in history and book studies, Leiden University (2000), is curator librarian of the Royal Netherlands Army Museum in Delft. He has published extensively on (book) history and military (book) history.
Project leader/compiler and General Editor
L.Ph. Sloos, M.A., Royal Netherlands Army Museum, Delft

Editorial Board
Prof. dr. K. van Berkel, University of Groningen
Dr. B.P.M. Dongelmans, Leiden University
Prof. dr. P.G. Hoftijzer, Leiden University
Dr. O. van Nimwegen, Netherlands Defence Academy, Breda
L.Ph. Sloos, M.A., Royal Netherlands Army Museum, Delft

Main cataloguers
Ph. Knijff, M.A.
L.Ph. Sloos, M.A.

W. Meeder, M.A.

Dr. P. van der Krogt, Utrecht/Delft (atlases and maps)
Dr. J. Storm van Leeuwen, Voorschoten (bookbindings)

Translated by
Dieke van Wijnen, Republic of Letters




1. Warfare and the Age of Printing: General Introduction, Louis Ph. Sloos
2. The Ministry of Defence’s Treasury of Books: 10,000 Volumes from the 16th to the 18 Cnetury: Military Libraries in the Netherlands (1600-1940) and their Historical Legecy, Louis Ph. Sloos
2.1. Books Found I Soldier’s Abandoned Knapsacks

PART I Settings
2.2. The Library at the Military Engeneers and Fencing School at the University of Leyden, 1600
2.3. Historic Professional Literature for Military Librarians
2.4. The First Corps Libraries
2.5. Men of the World
2.6. The Development of the Military Library System 1795-1821
2.7. Success and Formalisation of the Corps Libraries, 1821-1826

PART II The Army Museum’s Book Collection
2.8. The Ministry of Defence’s Historical Book Collection in the Army Museum
2.9. The historical Library of the Ministry of Defence
2.10. The Royal Family’s Military Literature Collection
2.11. The Staff School Library
2.12. The Historical Book Collections of the Ministry of Defence that Belong to the Royal Netherlands Army’s Collection, Carry an A-Status and Come Under the Army Museum’s Control

PART III The Ministry of Defence’s Historical Collection at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy, the Netherlands Institute of Military History, the Royal Netherlands Naval Academy and Bronbeek Museum
2.13. The royal Netherlands Military Academy L:ibrary in Breda
2.14. The Netherlands Institute of Military History of the Ministry of Defence in The Hague
2.15. The Royal Netherlands Naval Academy Library in Den Helder
2.16. The Library of the colonial Military Nursing Home, Bronbeek/Bronbeek Museum in Arnhem

3. The Army of the Dutch Republic and the Military Revolutions, Olaf van Nimwegen
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Landsknechts: the Origins of the Dutch Army (Sixteenth Century)
3.3. The Dutch Army (Late Sixteenth Century-First Half of the Seventeenth Century)
3.4. The Dutch Standing Army (Second Half of the Seventeenth Century-First Half of the Eighteenth Century)
3.5. The Dutch Army in Decline (Second Half of the Eighteenth Century)
3.6. Conclusion

4. Introduction to the Catalogue
4.1. Criteria for Inclusion
4.2. Editions, Print Runs, Publications and States
4.3. Bibliographic Unit
4.4. Umbrella and Part Descriptions
4.5. Series
4.6. Structure of the Catalogue Description
4.7. The Formal Description
4.8. Description of Material
4.9. Literature
4.10. Abbreviations
4.11 Concordance of Shelf-Marks


1. Military Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, General Works
2. Army Organisations, Military Law
3. Art of War, Strategy, General tactics, Defence, Offence, etc.
4. Military Periodicals
5. Infantry (Including Fencing)
6. Cavalry (Including Equitation and Veterinary Science)
7. Artillery (Including Equipment, Gunpowder, Pyrotechnics, etc.)
8. Fortification (including engineering)


9. Navy (Including VOC, Maritime Works, Navigation, Ship-Building, etc.)
10. Works on Several Armed Forces
11. Civic guards, Citizen Guards and Militia
12. Military History, Military Biograohy
13. Micellaneous Military Works
14. Mathematics, Physics, Natural History, Architecture and Technology


15. Geography, Countries, Topography, Ethnography (Including Atlases)
16. Dutch history, Biography (Including Periodical Documents)
17. Foreign History, Biography (Including Ancient and Classical History and Periodical Documents)
18. Political Science and (War) Law
19. Philosophy, Morals, Theology
20. Linguistics, Literature
21. Arts
22. General Encyclopaedias etc.
23. Bibliography, Library Catalogue, etc.
24. Periodicals (Including Proceedings of Learned Societies)

Index of (Corporate) Authors, Editors, Compilers, Translators
Index of Anonymous Titles
Index of Publishers, Printers, Engravers and Booksellers
Index of Place Names
All those interested in the history of the book, military history, early printed books, (early) modern history, as well as bibliographers, cataloguers, librarians, art historians.
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