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Dutch Occasional Poetry of the 16th through 18th Centuries
Part 1

The genre of occasional poetry, verse written to celebrate milestones in the life of private citizens, was introduced into the young Dutch Republic in the late sixteenth century. Starting from Leyden academic circles, it rapidly gained popularity among large sections of Dutch society; a poem written on the occasion of a wedding or a funeral must have been a status symbol for the well-to-do citizen. Publication of these virtually unknown poems ensures their survival, but also their availability to scholars all over the world. Together with Dutch Occasional Poetry of the 16th through 18th Centuries - Part 2 this collection will constitute a firm base for many kinds of research, for historians, art historians, students of genealogy, musicologists, and students of book history.

This collection is also included in the Dutch Occasional Poetry of the 16th through 18th Centuries collection.

Various Authors & Editors

Book History in Russia

Reference works
In the first part of the catalogue, you can find the dictionaries, among them standard Russian bibliographical reference works, for example, the ones by V.S. Sopikov, Opyt Rossiiskoi bibliografii, ili polnyi slovar' sochinenii i perevodov, napechatannykh na slavenskom i rossiiskom iazykakh, and by P.M. Stroev, Obstoiatel'noe opisanie staropechatnykh knig slavianskikh i rossiiskikh, khraniashchikhsia v biblioteke… grafa F.A., Tolstogo.

The second part represents the genre of bibliographical magazines, the majority of which were published before the Revolution of 1917. All those titles have a great rarity value today and are difficult to obtain in Western libraries (for instance, Knizhnaai birzha, Pechatnoe delo, Polibiblion and Russkiii bibliofil).

The last part includes monographs on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the invention of book printing in 16th-century Russia by Ivan Fedorov, the history of the first state and private publishing houses in Moscow and St.-Petersburg ( Gosudarev Pechatnyi Dvor, S.Peterburgskaia Sinodal'naia tipografiia), to the spreading of the book through the different strata of society, and the origin of the first Russian state and private libraries. Documents concerning censorship in pre-revolutionary Russia, and works on ownership marks, watermarks, the production of paper and the illustration of the book in medieval Russia (and later in the 18th and 19th centuries) have also been included.

Edited by H.W. de Kooker, K.J.S. Bostoen, B. van Selm and M. Keblusek

The Dutch Republic was the greatest clearing-house of European print in the 17th century, and it remained extremely significant during the folllowing century. Complete 'freedom of the press' was still an unknown concept, but in the Dutch Republic censorship was fairly limited compared to many other European countries. Non-Dutch authors were able to publish their books in the Republic, and Dutch book publishers and traders issued translations of works in Latin and European languages that challenged traditional scientific, social and political conventions. Many of these works had a profound influence on European history and culture.

Contents of book sales catalogues are not limited to records of sales of printed objects; auctions also included scientific intstrument, art objects, and "curiosities".

The largest collections of pre-1801 Dutch book sales catalogues are in:
• Amsterdam (Library of the Dutch Book Trade Association, in Amsterdam University Library, c. 950);
• Paris (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, c. 950);
• St. Petersburg (National Library of Russia, c. 830);
• Wolfenbüttel (Herzog August Library, c. 800 catalogues).

The holdings of these libraries have been filmed already.

Conrad Gessner's Private Library

The Revealing Hand-Written Notes of an Early Modern Polymath

• Number of titles: 70
• Languages used: Latin
• Title list available
• MARC records are available

This source edition of Gessner’s private library contains those seventy eight books that Gessner read most carefully and annotated by hand. The majority have been reproduced from the rich holdings of the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, while other important copies included in this edition are held by the University Library of Basle. The marginalia in these books are so numerous that they almost constitute a new set of sources, which are of interest not only to historians and philologists but also to those who study the history of early modern medicine and the natural sciences.

Location of originals: Zentralbibliothek Zürich; Universitätsbibliothek Basel

Edited by Wim van Dongen

Dances of Death

Titles from the Dance of Death genre.

Various Authors & Editors

Dutch Pamphlets, 1542-1853: The Van Alphen Collection

Pamphlets dated between 1542 and 1853 from the Van Alphen Collection, University Library, Groningen. The pamphlets range from political apologies and manifestoes to tracts for and against predestination in theology. Among them are a lot of funeral sermons and lectures as well. Battles, sieges, treaties, riots and political assassinations form the subject matter of many pamphlets. Most of the pamphlets are published in the Netherlands, but the collection also includes pamphlets from Germany, Belgium and France.

The collection is organized as follows:
I. Abroad:
a. General
b. Foreign relations of the Netherlands
c. Church andreligion
d. Miscellanea
II. Interior:
a. General
b. Events, situations and persons of provincial and local importance
c. Church and religion
d. Miscellenea

Language note
Texts primarily in Dutch; some in French, German, English and Latin.

Bibliographical note
Gregorius van Alphen, (comp.). Catalogus der pamfletten van de bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit te Groningen 1542-1853 (niet voorkomende in de catalogi van Broekema, Knuttel, Petit, Van Someren, Tiele en Van der Wulp) (Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1944).

The core of the collection is formed by four large acquisitions: 27 vols., collected by the Counter Reformist preacher Willem Crijnsz, were acquired in 1751. These vols. contain pamphlets regarding the religious differences during and after the Twelve Year Truce (1609-1621). Another 59 vols. contain 1253 pamphlets from the period 1617-1760. Date of acquisition and former owner are unknown. 95 vols. (date of acquisition and former owner also unknown) contain political tracts concerning the differences between England and the Dutch Republic and the troubles in the Republic. They cover the years 1779-1800. In 1842, at the auction-Pabst van Bingerden, 43 vols. were acquired containing pamphlets from the 17th and early 18th century.

Various Authors & Editors

Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection
Part I: 1486-1648

The period from 1486 to 1648 was of crucial significance for the history of the Low Countries and the present Dutch State. This period witnessed first the consolidation of 17 quite disparate provinces under the hegemony of the Habsburg Monarchy. Later the Revolt of the Netherlands against the Spanish Habsburg king Philip II led in the course of 80 years of warfare to the establishment of the Republic of the United Provinces, the forerunner of the modern Netherlands State. The southern Netherlands - now the modern states of Belgium and Luxembourg - continued under Habsburg dominion. Inextricably bound up with these developments on the political level, was the history of the Reformation in the Low Countries. The successful implantation of Calvinist Protestantism in the North and the triumph of Counter-Reformation Catholicism in the South were recognized in 1648 in the Treaty of Munster, which ended the Eighty Years War.

This collection is also included in the Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection collection.

Various Authors & Editors

Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection
Part II: 1649-1750

After the official recognition of its independence in 1648 the Dutch Republic quickly established itself as an economic, political and military power in Europe and a formidable contender in the struggle for trade and glory overseas. The second half of the 17th century was a golden age for the Dutch. Economic rivalry with England led to several naval wars, but in 1689, the Dutch stadhouder William of Orange was invited to assume the throne of that country after the Glorious Revolution had driven James II from power. In the disaster year of 1672 French and other armies penetrated deep into Dutch territory, exacerbating the internal conflict between the States and Orangist parties that led to the murder of the Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother by a mob in The Hague. The Republic survived this ordeal, recovered and prospered. The 18th century brought a relative eclipse of the Republic on the European stage and the beginnings of the reforming Patriotsmovement at home.

This collection is also included in the Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection collection.

Various Authors & Editors

Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection
Part III: 1751-1853

Dutch pamphlet-writing in the second half of the eighteenth century was dominated on the home front by the struggle between the conservative Orange ‘party’ and the reformist ‘patriots’, a conflict which culminated in near revolution in 1787, and by the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War (1780-84) between the Dutch Republic and Great Britain. Meanwhile, milestones of international history such as the American War of Independence and the French Revolution did not, of course, pass unnoticed. The turn of the century witnessed the transformation of the worn-out Dutch Republic into a modern state through the French invasion of 1795, the formation of a semi-independent Batavian Republic and Napoleonic Kingdom of Holland, the annexation by France and finally the creation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as we know it today, under the restored House of Orange in 1813- 1815. The Belgian insurrection of 1830 and the political reforms of 1848 were the principle events of the next forty years to form the basis for discussion, while many pamphlets were devoted to subjects such as the colonies and slavery, the introduction of railway transport, the discovery of smallpox vaccine and the re-establishment of the Roman Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy.

This collection is also included in the Dutch Pamphlets, 1486-1853: The Knuttel Collection collection.

Edited by B. van Selm

Dutch Song-Books

Dutch song books dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Collection includes books ranging from simple, inexpensive publications to highly illustrated works. Collection based on the bibliography Nederlandsche Liedboeken. Lijst der in Nederland tot het jaar 1800 uitgegeven liedboeken samegesteld onder leiding van D.F. Scheurleer by D.F. Scheurleer. The majority of the books come from the collection held by the Royal Library in The Hague.