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The Medieval Book

Glosses from Friends & Colleagues of Christopher de Hamel

Edited by Richard A. Linenthal, James H. Marrow and William Noel

This book was presented on the occasion of Christopher de Hamel's sixtieth birthday, and celebrates his many accomplishments during his years at Sotheby's and more recently as the Gaylord Donnelley Fellow Librarian of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Christopher de Hamel has described more medieval manuscripts than any other living scholar, and the sale catalogues that have come from his hands set new standards of quality and stimulated new generations of collectors, both institutional and private. This book is a tribute to his learning, his industry, imagination, spirit and good fellowship and his capacity to inspire others. Among the contributors are collectors, colleagues, librarians, curators, students of book history and scholars. The contributions are divided under the rubrics Books, The Book Trade and Collectors and Collecting, composing a varied collection of 40 highly interesting articles, including an introduction on Christopher de Hamel and a bibliography of his writings.

Printed Cookbooks in Europe, 1470-1700

A Bibliography of Early Modern Culinary Literature

Henry Notaker

First edition. This is the first bibliography to list all known editions of printed cookbooks published in Europe before 1700. More than a hundred titles in at least 650 editions were printed in fourteen different languages. Some household encyclopedias with culinary sections have also been included. Many of the editions described have never before been listed in modern bibliographies.
Cookbooks from this period are no longer only of interest to collectors and antiquarians. Food history is taught as an academic subject in an increasing number of universities, and this bibliography will be a useful tool for students of culinary literature, as a source for the history of cuisine and food culture. Also, book and literary historians are turning their attention to different forms of non-fiction that had not been properly studied until now: practical handbooks and didactic "how-to" books, of which cookbooks are distinctive examples. Information provided here about the locations of known copies, modern reprints, and facsimile editions will facilitate these studies.
The bibliography gives the full title and physical description of each work. Annotations provide details about contents, biographical data about authors and publishers, information about the sources of the recipes, translations, and plagiarisms. A historical introduction analyzes the development of the cookbook as a genre during the first two centuries of printing, with reference to authorship, publishing history, didactic methods, culinary processes, and differences in gender.

Sailing for the East

History and Catalogue of Manuscript Charts on Vellum of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), 1602-1799


Günter Schilder and Hans Kok

The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (Dutch East India Company) was for a period of 200 years responsible for the navigation material for the journey between the Netherlands and the Far East and the inter-Asian trade. In this book with the help of recovered archive materials a never published before overview is given of chart material that was used on a VOC-ship.
All navigation charts of the VOC in the 17th and 18th century, drawn on vellum (of which many were traced in foreign collections), are described and analysed in an illustrated cartobibliography. In a supplement extracts of the 'groot-journalen' of the 'Kamer Amsterdam' are published. These give an unique view of the total expenses of the VOC on navigation. The extensive introduction gives more information on the history of the VOC, the chart makers, the routes, the navigation and the instruments. Inlcudes CD-rom with appendices.
Volume 10 of the Utrecht Studies of the History of Cartography (EXPLOKART).

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.

Courtiers and Cannibals, Angels and Amazons

The Art of the Decorative Cartographic Titlepage

Rodney Shirley

This book aims to preserve and bring forward for wider appreciation the outstanding works of art that many engraved titlepages and frontispieces represent.
Over the time period covered by the present publication – roughly from the 1470s to the 1870s – very many printed books opened with an attractive decorative titlepage or frontispiece; sometimes both. In this book a limited selection has been made from the extremely wide field of known titlepages, mainly by a focus on subject matter which is primarily cartography, geography, history and topography, together with associated disciplines such as astronomy, travel and exploration. A selection of 100 main and approx. 70 supplementary entries adequately covers specimens of different styles, formats, and national characteristics over a four-hundred year time period from the late 15th century onwards. The choice of decorative titlepages or frontispieces includes examples emanating from Italy, Germany (including Switzerland and Austria), the Netherlands (including Flanders), France, Spain, England and some later examples published in the United States.


Marco van Egmond

The 18th century Dutch map trade could build on their reputation that originated from the Golden Age much longer than was assumed until now. The Amsterdam publishing company Covens & Mortier (1685-1866) has played an important part in this process. Most likely this company was the largest map trader of his days. Thousand of maps were brought almost industrially on the market by Covens & Mortier and all members of this firm were gifted with a great commercial talent.
This book offers an overview of the history of this important publishing company. It focuses on the cartographic stock of Covens & Mortier and the way that the publications were produced and distributed. It also informs you about the cartographic innovations which were introduced by this firm, and the importance of Covens & Mortier for the development of commercial cartography at home and abroad.

Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This book contains reproductions of the printers' and publishers' marks of all those – both Greeks and non-Greeks – who printed or published books for Greek readers from the dawn of typography until just before the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821. Their aim was to preserve the historical memory of the modern Greeks, to foster the use of the Greek language and to uphold the Orthodox faith. Also reproduced here are the crests and coats of arms of the rulers of the Danubian principalities who actively supported the publication and dissemination of Greek books in the East. Some of the devices are the marks of well-known printing houses where Greek scholars and calligraphers were largely responsible for he accuracy of the texts and the visual appearance of the book, such as the firms of Aldus Manutius in Venice and Robert Estienne in Paris.
All this printing and publishing activity, even if we limit it only to books containing printers' or publishers' marks, covered a vast area of the Western and Eastern worlds: the list of places where these books were produced includes Alcalá, Bucharest, Constantinople, Florence, Geneva, Jassy, Kefallonia, London, Milan, Moschopolis, Mount Athos, Paris, Rome, Venice and Vienna. The marks are illustrated and described in all their variant forms, complete with bibliographical references, identifications, a general index and an index of printers and printing houses.

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.