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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.


Henk Deys

With extensive introduction in English.
Een van de succesvolste beschrijvingen van Nederland werd in de 16e eeuw vervaardigd door de Italiaan Lodovico Guicciardini. Zijn Beschrijving van de Nederlanden beleefde vooral in de 17e eeuw een ongeëvenaard groot aantal herdrukken. Het werk dat oorspronkelijk in het Italiaans geschreven was, werd door verschillende uitgevers in allerlei talen uitgegeven. Vooral de schitterende kaarten en prenten van steden in de Lage Landen waren populair.
Guicciardini Illustratus geeft een overzicht van de verschillende edities die er sinds 1567 zijn verschenen. Alle kopergravures en houtsneden, die gebruikt zijn in de verschillende edities, zijn opgenomen en worden wetenschappelijk beschreven. Van alle belangrijke steden uit de toenmalige Zeventien Provinciën treft men naast stadsplattegronden ook stadsgezichten en aangezichten van belangrijke gebouwen. Een onmisbaar boek voor liefhebbers en verzamelaars van oude kaarten. Maar ook liefhebbers van oude steden kunnen hun hart ophalen met dit boek, dat op een onovertroffen manier een beeld oproept van de Nederlanden tijdens de beroemde Tachtigjarige Oorlog.

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.


Hendrik van Deventer

Towards the end of the 17th century, Hendrik van Deventer was breaking new ground with his work for the obstetrician and the midwife. This became the first work on obstetrics to be written in the Dutch language and was to have a considerable influence on the practice of obstetrics in the 18th century. Van Deventer (1651-1724), a famous physician, had already published a scientific paper in which – thoroughly in the spirit of the Enlightenment – he had firmly coupled the theoretical and the practical. His theories are based upon years of practical experience.
Until recently, there has been no facsimile edition of his work. To mark the ten years since the inauguration of the Study Group for the History of the Netherlands Association of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, attention is once again focussed on Hendrik van Deventer and his Manuele Operatien, zynde een Nieuw Ligt. The facsimile is based upon the 1746 publication. Van Deventer's work is at its most complete in this edition.
Included are, additionally, what the author has left behind: Nader vertoog van de swaare baringen and his Nieuwe Aanmerkingen, and in translation from the French Aanmerkingen by Jacques Jean Bruier d'Ablaincourt.
The facsimile is published together with a separate commentary, in Dutch, prefaced with three articles covering Van Deventer's life and work. In the following eight pieces, the topics of Manuele Operatien, zynde een Nieuw Ligt are reviewed under the periods in which they were set down and commentaries added. A glossary, together with an extended historical bibliography is included, thus ensuring this work as an essential source of the history of gynaecology and obstetrics in the Netherlands.

Herdenkingsbundel, uitgegeven t.b.v. het 10-jarig bestaan van de Werkgroep Historie van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Obstetrie en Gynaecologie, november 2001.

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.


J. Lechner

This book is the first comprehensive overview to address questions like "Which Spanish books were available in the Northern Netherlands during the 17th century" and "Which titles were read in translation". An bibliography of nearly 6.000 editions by c. 1.000 Spanish authors published by more than 1.500 printer in 150 European cities. Each entry indicates the book's location and owner and provides full bibliographical references.
Con un apéndice de obras sobre América escritas por autores no españoles.


Mirjam van Veen

With English summary. John Calvin (1509-1564) and Dirck Volckerts Coornhert (1522-1590) are both exponents of movements which have profoundly influenced Dutch society. Calvin was convinced that faith required a church, whereas Coornhert held that one could be a good believer without a church. The polemic between Coornhert and Calvin (1560-1562) centered around this theme.In this book the arguments of Coornhert and Calvin are analysed and compared to those of contemporaries who participated in the same debate. Moreover Coornhert's treatise against Calvin is edited and thus accesible to the modern reader.

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.


Dirk Blonk and Joanna Blonk-van der Wijst

With an extensive summary in English. This attractive and profusely illustrated book offers for the first time a complete survey of all printed maps of the former county of Holland. The reader obtains an excellent insight into the development of the typically Dutch landscape through the ages. Over a hundred maps from the period of 1542 to the beginning of the Kingdom of the Netherlands show the results of impoldering, peat cutting and town extensions in the provinces of North and South Holland. Many maps from this period are richly decorated. Beside the geographical and cartographical developments this book also gives a good picture of the developments which took place in the artistic field.