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Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. III (2 Vols.)

Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum, the Epitome, Caert-Thresoor and Atlas Minor, the Atlases of the XVII Provinces, and Other Atlases Published in the Low Countries up to c. 1650


Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Ortelius' Theatrum, De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum, the Epitome, Caert-Thresoor and Atlas Minor, the Atlases of the XVII Provinces, and other atlases published in the Low Countries up to c. 1650. In 2 volumes.

The Ostend Story

Early Tales of the Great Siege and the Mediating Role of Henrick van Haestens


Anna E.C. Simoni

After the famous 'Battle of Nieuwpoort' in West Flanders in 1600, another feat of arms was to follow in the same area: the Siege of Ostend, which lasted from 1601 to 1604. Maurits was, yet again, to play the leading role and, despite the fact that the outcome was less of a success for the young Republic of the Seven United Netherlands than the battle of Nieuwpoort had been, the result was a Spanish conquest of a city of total devastation and, by then, wholly depopulated. Nevertheless a considerable impression had been made upon the Northern Netherlands. The most weird and wonderful machines of war had been tested, whilst a variety of new military siege techniques had been brought into play. There was even talk of 'the University of Ostend', with the implication that, from a military perspective, the siege was a very instructive experience. Many, too, were the rumours and the garbled tales that began to circulate soon after the end of the affair. One example was the legend of the soldier in the Spanish army who appeared to be a woman. In this book, Dr. Simoni provides a detailed and stimulating account of the manner of, and the form by which the tales of these shocking occurrences arose soon after the events of the siege had been set down, and immediately went into print after the details had reached the North. These reports were to leave such a lasting impression in the Republic, that 'Ostend' became one of the most well known feats of arms in the penultimate stages of the struggle for freedom from Spain. The book is, thus, a brilliant example of the received history of one of the most controversial events of the Eighty Years War. The role of the Leiden printer and publisher, Hendrick van Haestens, stands central to 'the Ostend Story'. He provides accounts of the fighting in no less than three publications. Dr. Simoni, in this study, reaches the conclusion that Haestens' reports are deserving of a more important place than they have found thus far. It is mainly to him that we owe the provision of a clear and lively picture of the famous siege.

Paul Breman

In the great days of Italian fortification literature – the century from Valle's first Venetian edition in 1524 to the appearance of Tensini in 1624 – Venice accounted for roughly as many titles as the rest of Europe together. Books on fortification were a natural for the enterprising printer-publishers of this city-state, free from the constraints of small-minded princes and their paranoid insistence on "state secrets".
This annotated catalogue describes 350 books, published until the time when Venice ceased to be an independent state. It provides massive documentation taking into account the many "ghosts" created by misprints or over-zealous bibliographers and gives full collations, extensive annotations and locations of copies of all entries.
An index of printers and a "bibliographie raisonnée" of the sources used, appear at the end. The thirty-five illustrations are chosen for their relevance to the subject and range from early bastion traces to emblematic portraits.

The Children's World of Learning, 1480-1880 (3 Vols.)

With some Additions Printed in the Twentieth Century. A Collection of Printed Books, Manuscripts, Broadsides and Prints Illustrating Four Centuries of Education and Popular Culture in Western Europe with Emphasis on the Low Countries

Edited by Sebastiaan S. Hesselink and Agnes M.L. Kerssemakers

Originally published as catalogue 100 of Antiquariaat FORUM in 10 issues between 1994-2002. With an extra issue with extensive indices.

The impressive Catalogue, developed into a unique reference work on Children's books, is now available in three extensive and richly illustrated volumes: a milestone in the history of Children's book production. The work illustrates and mirrors the entire history of West-European education. Besides historical schoolbooks on spelling and reading exercises, on teaching methods, arithmetic, drawing, children's literature, fairy-tales, fable books, and so on, you can find your way in popular literature and chapbooks, books on sports, games and pastimes etc. All titles are expertly described, annotated and placed in their cultural-historical context.

From Radicals to Survivors

Strasbourg's Religious Nonconformists over Two Generations, 1525-1570


John D. Derksen

This is the first extensive study of Strasbourg's diverse religious nonconformists beyond 1543, and the first to explore their continuities and discontinuities over two generations. Based on vast archival records in Strasbourg and secondary sources, it moves beyond the political and theological emphases of earlier works to include social history, portraits of village life, and the second generation to 1570.
Derksen finds that second generation nonconformists were substantially different from the first. Their social profile changed; from an urban mix of leaders, intellectuals and artisans, they became largely rural folk composed of lower class artisans. Further, in outlook their view narrowed from "radicals" who sought to change church and society at its root to dissenters concerned mainly to survive.
At the same time there were continuities. When the revolts of the 1525 Peasants' War were crushed, dissident ideals found new expression in spiritualist, sectarian and apocalyptic streams. In these streams, into the 1560s and beyond, nonconformists continued their call for social and economic justice and meaningful participation in religion.
The book will be of interest to historians of the Early Modern period, the Reformation's radicals, popular religion, sixteenth-century society and Strasbourg, and to those interested in the free church tradition.

The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem of the Austrian National Library, Volume III

The British Isles, Northern and Eastern Europe. Descriptive Catalogue of Volumes 18-24 of the Atlas


A complete descriptive and illustrated catalogue of one of the largest and finest atlases ever assembled. Now housed in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna, the 46-volume atlas is an expanded version of Joan Blaeu's Atlas Maior or 'Great Atlas', published in Amsterdam between 1660 and 1663. Though the core of the atlas consists of the several hundred maps issued by Blaeu, the original owner of the atlas, Laurens van der Hem (1621-1678), added other maps, views, and drawings of his own choice, including four volumes of manuscript maps of Africa and Asia made for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The practice of augmenting atlases was common in the seventeenth century, but few of these personalized atlases have survived the centuries. The catalogue in 7 volumes (plus a volume about the making of the facsimile) will include all the sheets in the atlas reproduced in black-and-white, with cartographical historical and arthistorical descriptions by P. van der Krogt and E. de Groot. Each volume will contain approximately 16 full-colour illustrations.

I. Spain, Portugal and France (vols. 1-8). 1996. With about 700 illustrations. 632 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 278 8
II. Italy, Malta, Switzerland and the Netherlands (vols. 9-17). 1999. With about 700 illustrations. 732 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 348 8
III. British Isles, northern and eastern Europe (vols. 18-24). 2002. With about 700 illustrations. 552 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 189 7
IV. German Empire, Hungary and Greece,including Asia Minor. Descriptive catalogue of the vols. 25-34 of the Atlas. 2004. Sm.folio. Cloth. With about 800 illustrations, including 16 in colour. 708 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 179 8
V. Africa, Asia and America, including the "Secret" Atlas of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Descriptive catalogue of volumes 35-46 of the Atlas. 2005. Sm. folio. Cloth. With about 700 illustrations, including 17 in colour. 640 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 199 6
VI. Descriptive catalogue of volumes 47-50 (E1-E4) of the Atlas and general indices. 2008. Sm. Folio. Cloth. With about 300 illustrations. Approx. 500 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 439 3
VII. Groot, E. de. The world of a seventeenth-century collector. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. 2006. Sm. folio. Cloth, with full colour dustjacket. With 150 black & white and 16 colour illustrations. 395 pp. ISBN 978 90 6194 359 4
VIII. The Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem. The history of the Atlas and the making of the facsimile. An accompanying publication with background information on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the production of the facsimile.
Cloth with full colour dust jacket. 244 pp. 137 full colour illustrations. ISBN 978 90 6194 300 6.

The Bookshop of the World

The Role of the Low Countries in the Book-Trade, 1473-1941

Edited by Lotte Hellinga, Alastair Duke, Jacob Harskamp and Theo Hermans

Proceedings of a Conference held in London, 15-17 september 1999, organized by The Association for Low Countries Studies, University College London, Centre for Dutch and Flemish Culture, The British Library, Dutch and Flemish section, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. Twenty-five papers by experts in their particular period or area were selected for publication. Covering almost five centuries, they represent a wholly modern approach to the history of the book and publishing in a European context, highlighting for the first time the crucial role of the Low Countries in transmitting the intellectual heritage of an area well beyond their own - changing - borders.

Pieter van Donk

Kotak taji' is Balinese for a small box in which spurs used during cockfighting bouts are ceremoniously stored and handed down to the next generation. Twenty-five years of meticulous collecting has resulted in a fantastic and exciting accumulation of more than 540 cases from the Indonesian archipelago, mostly originating from the exotic islands of Bali and Lombok, but also from Sulawesi and Kalimantan. The creation of these unique beautiful pieces of craftsmanship carved out of wood, bamboo, bone or ivory may soon become a forgotten tradition as cockfighting has been forbidden by law throughout Indonesia, as indeed it has in almost all other parts of the world.

Edited by Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Matching pair of terrestrial and celestial globes, with a diameter of 26 inches (68 cm), with text in Latin. The terrestial globe is composed of 36 half gores and two polar calottes; the celestial globe of 24 ecliptical gores. The gores are pasted on a plaster sphere rotating on brass pinions within a brass meridian ring incised with a graduated scale. Each globe is set into a matching seventeenth-century Dutch wooden base with a small wooden compass-box mounted on the base-plate and with the horizon ring covered scales, almanac and calendar, etc..., engraved on paper and handcoloured as originally issued. Salescatalogue.

Paul Breman

The list has about 280 author entries covering at least 1800 editions of more than 365 titles. Included are all architectural books known by the compilers that were written between 1460 and 1640 regardless of when they were first published. Dubious editions are identified, and "ghosts" avoided or described as much. Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of the De Architectura of Vitruvius as an essential component of the period covered. The book is a quick-reference guide for all scholars, collectors, booksellers and librarians who have any dealings with or interest in early literature of architecture.