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Keukenhof: van Keukenduin tot Lentetuin

De wordingsgeschiedenis van Internationale Bloemententoonstelling Keukenhof

Maarten Timmer and Arie Dwarswaard

In 1949 one of the icons of the Dutch identity was founded in the western part of Holland: Keukenhof, nowadays known as the most beautiful spring garden in the world, famous worldwide for its beautiful landscaping with bulbflowers as its main focus.
This book describes the long and interesting history of this institution. Every possible aspect of this colourful history is scrutinously described, thus giving a balanced, complete and most interesting account. Many original illustrations and documents are illustrating this unique story, printed in full colour.
In Dutch, with English summaries.


Paul van den Brink

The main focus of attention in this study are the more than 3000 maps which were published by the Magazine (Tijdschrift) of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society (Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap) between 1873 and 1966. These have been divided into four periods, which are discussed in the elaborate introduction and which gives a complete overview of the history of the Society.
The wealth and variation of the cartographical material, which has been published in this leading magazine for almost a century, led worldwide to major interest among collectors and researchers. All maps are extensively described and have been made even more accessible by adding indices on name, area and subject.
In Dutch.

Loek van Aalst and Annigje Hofstede

Here is a book, which for the very first time, gives a thorough synopsis of the Dutch art of furniture making in the late 16th and 17th century. The enormous prosperity in this Dutch golden age naturally had its reflection on for instance the worldwide known art of painting. Also in other art forms, such as architecture, fashion and in particular furniture making there was a wealthy production of beautifully designed and luxuriously executed pieces, which had a style all their own.
Besides a description of the historical, economical and social aspects of the Netherlands in the 17th century, the authors give in this detailed book, an elaborate introduction on the history, construction of furniture and the differences and similarities in the art of furniture making for each province of the Netherlands. In addition to this the specific aspects of each type of furniture from a specific region or area of the Netherlands is described. For each area a meticulous overview is created for each specific type of regional furniture and its appearance. This does not just entail cabinets, but also tables, chests, chairs and the like.
This shows how, in a relatively small country such as the Netherlands, a very rich and varied supply of furniture was created. Furniture of such a quality and aesthetic beauty that some are still used today, and others which are often the price possession of museums, at home and abroad.
Each chapter contains an extensive introduction about a specific type of furniture. This is followed by a catalogue part in which the authors give numerous examples of that specific type of furniture. Together with many illustrations the pieces are described and placed in chronological order. Never before were the hundreds of pieces in this book described and published.
With this publication a thorough reference book has been created with a great deal of useful information about the history of the Dutch art of furniture making in the 17th century. Apart from the enormous amount of knowledge presented in this book, it showcases the love both authors have for their profession.
Apart from the above mentioned contents, the book is complemented with chapters about the art of furniture making in the Netherlands in the 16th century and with chapters about furniture making as a craft, kinds of wood (in particular oak), and furniture construction and techniques.
In Dutch.

Van windhandel tot wereldhandel

Canon van de bloembollen

Maarten Timmer and Arie Dwarswaard

Jubileumuitgave ter gelegenheid van het 150-jarig bestaan van de Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur. De bloembollensector in Nederland heeft een rijke geschiedenis. Onderdelen daarvan zijn door de jaren heen meer of minder uitgebreid beschreven. De Canon van de bloembollen gaat in vijftig verhalen in op markante momenten en ontwikkelingen uit de bloembollengeschiedenis. Van Carolus Clusius, via de tulpenwindhandel, drie generaties Krelage en de oprichting van eerst nog niet Koninklijke AVB – de organisatie die in haar 150-jarig bestaan veel heeft betekend voor de sector en de belangenbehartiging van de bloembollencultuur en -handel – naar andere historische momenten voor de sector zoals de oprichting van het Hollandsch Bloembollenkweekers Genootschap, het begin van de gangbare teelt, de oprichting van het scheidsgerecht en de opmars van de drogebloembollenveilingen.
Een prachtig geïllustreerd werk, met vele bijzondere beelden en documenten uit de nationale geschiedenis van een van Nederlands meest karakteristieke (export) producten. Meer informatie kunt u ook vinden op

Zelandia Comitatus

Geschiedenis en cartobibliografie van de provincie Zeeland tot 1860


Dirk Blonk and Joanna Blonk-van der Wijst

On Shortlist Zeeuwse Boekenprijs 2011.

In Dutch with English summary.
Dit onderzoek naar gedrukte kaarten van de provincie Zeeland geeft een compleet overzicht en een duidelijke systematische analyse van alle gedrukte kaarten van het oude Graafschap Zeeland. Er wordt een beeld geschetst van de ontwikkeling van het landschap door de eeuwen heen en het steeds veranderende beeld van de cartografie van de eilanden door verschuivende zandbanken, inpolderingen, bedijkingen, stormvloeden en overstromingen, ook van de periode voordat er gedrukte kaarten waren. Bovendien is in de inleiding een overzicht opgenomen van de geschiedenis van de provincie Zeeland in het algemeen. Met 129 kaartbeschrijvingen en meer dan 400 afbeeldingen in kleur geeft dit boek een prachtige blik op het karakteristieke, direct herkenbare cartografische beeld van deze dynamische provincie.
Met dit werk hebben Dick Blonk en Joan Blonk-Van der Wijst een waardig opvolger voltooid van hun eerste boek, Hollandia Comitatus, met de cartobibliografie van het Graafschap Holland.

Bloembollen in Holland, 1860-1919

De ontwikkeling van de bloembollensector met een doorkijk naar de 21ste eeuw

Maarten Timmer

1860 saw the founding of the Dutch Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur (nowadays the Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur), an event that marked the start of the professional organization of the modern flower bulb business in the Netherlands. The author gives a detailed description of the development of this business, treating economical, as well as institutional and juridical aspects. Central to the narrative are the lives of three generations Krelage, because the history of this family is intertwined with the history of the flower bulb in the Netherlands.
Bloembollen in Holland 1860-1919 provides the first integral history of the modern flower bulb industry and serves as a welcome addition to the well-known book by E.H. Krelage, Drie eeuwen bloembollenexport (1946).
The book is set up chronologically and describes the following subjects: breeding, domestic and foreign trade, exhibitions, science, governmental care and labour conditions. Special attention is given to the impact and results of all precautions made during World War I. The last chapter gives an extensive look at the business as it stands at the beginning of the 21st century.

Spiegel van de Zuiderzee

Geschiedenis en cartobibliografie van de Zuiderzee en het Hollands Waddengebied


Erik Walsmit, Hans Kloosterboer, Nils Persson and Rinus Ostermann

Spiegel van de Zuiderzee (Mirror of the Zuiderzee. History and Cartobibliography of the Zuiderzee and the Dutch Waddenzee) is an extensive, richly illustrated and beautifully designed work which for the first time describes and depicts all nautic maps of the Dutch Zuiderzee until the completion of the dike which created the IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee) in 1932.

Martijn Storms, Joss Hopstaken, Luc Janssens and Karel Leenders

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth century three following generations of the Adan geometrician family where active in the western part of the province of Noord-Brabant, the Netherlands. The cartographic production of these three generations of geometricians gives a good impression of the development of Dutch cartography in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. This work is a scientific accountable reference book and a standard work about the cartographic heritance of the Adan family. It contains contributions about the local landscape, the history of the region, geometricians, the family history and the Adans in historic cartographic perspective. It also includes an annotated bibliography with descriptions and illustrations of nearly 1100 maps which the Adan geometricians have manufactured. The book contains many full-page maps in colour.

L.M. van der Hoeven

Comprehensive genealogy of the descendants of the famous Dutch admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607-1676). Published at the occasion of the 400th year of birth of one of Holland's most famous admirals.

De rozenteelt in Nederland

Geschiedenis, literatuur en documenten

Gerrit Kleis

In the course of history the rose has gradually grown into a colourful addition to the Dutch cultural heritage. Crowned the "Queen of the flowers" by her numerous admirers she has often been the subject of scholarly as well as popular study. Nevertheless, a distinct and comprehensive work combining the history, historiography and bibliography of rose growing in the Netherlands had not yet been written. In this nicely illustrated book, the autor – an expert in the field – gives a lively account of the career of this royal flower and of the most important Dutch cultivators who contributed to its rise to international fame. Contains a comprehensive bibliography of Dutch books on roses, making it a valuable and substantial reference work for everyone interested in the history of rose growing.