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Sailing Across the World's Oceans

History & Catalogue of Dutch Charts Printed on Vellum 1580-1725


Günter Schilder and Hans Kok

After covering the Dutch VOC manuscript charts on vellum in Sailing for the East (ESHC 10, 2010), the printed charts on vellum by commercial Amsterdam chart-publishers cried out for scrutiny as well. Sailing Across the World’s Oceans discusses these rare remaining charts, of which some 150 copies could be traced, mostly kept in international institutions. Their titles run from Europe to Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, the latter commonly called West-Indische Paskaerten. The charts are described and analysed in an illustrated cartobibliography. The extensive introduction investigates the development of Amsterdam as a recognized centre for map production and distribution in Europe. It also discusses navigation techniques used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The developing world image is considered, as it may be derived from Dutch contributions. This book delivers insight into chart-making history that has not been available before.

Brabantia Ducatus

Geschiedenis en Cartobibliografie van het Hertogdom Brabant tot 1795


Mario Dorigo and Mathieu Franssen

Deze inventarisatie van de gedrukte kaarten van het hertogdom Brabant omvat alle kaarten die gepubliceerd zijn tussen 1536, wanneer voor het eerst een kaart van Brabant wordt vermeld, en 1795, toen het feodale hertogdom werd opgeheven. De cartobibliografie betreft uitsluitend gedrukte kaarten, zowel houtsneden als koperdiepdrukken. In vier introductiehoofdstukken worden achtereenvolgens de geschiedenis van het hertogdom, de cartografie van het hertogdom, de wijzingen in het kaartbeeld in de loop van de tijd en de ontwikkeling van de nauwkeurigheid van kaarten met behulp van het programma MapAnalyst beschreven.
De cartobibliografie bevat kaarten van het hele hertogdom, de vier kwartieren, het noorden en het zuiden en een viertal historische kaarten. Alle kaarttitels zijn volledig, aangevuld met een toelichting, de publicatiewijze en een lijst van vindplaatsen, met nadruk op Nederland en België.

This catalogue of printed maps of the Duchy of Brabant includes all the maps published between 1536, the date of the earliest mention of a map of Brabant, and 1795, when the feudal duchy was abolished. It includes woodcuts and intaglio prints. Four introductory chapters discribe the history of the duchy, the catrography of the duchy, the changes in the cartographic image over time and the evolution of the accuracy of the maps over time.
The cartobibliography contains maps of the entire duchy, maps of the four quarters, and maps of the north and south. All map titles are complete and supplemented with explanatory remarks, the manner of publication, and a list of locations where copies can be found, emphasizing the Netherlands and Belgium.
In Dutch, with an English summary.

Early Dutch Maritime Cartography

The North Holland School of Cartography (c. 1580-c. 1620)


Günter Schilder

Winner of the 2019 Menno Hertzberger Prize for Book History and Bibliography

This book is an exposition of an important, yet previously unknown chapter in the history of Dutch maritime cartography. While Amsterdam was developing into Europe’s most vital commercial hub in the seventeenth century, demanding and controlling the production of maps and sea-charts, a major School of Cartography was already flourishing in the so-called ‘Kop van Noord-Holland’ region just north of Amsterdam. This School specialised in the production of small-scale charts of larger areas, including the European coastlines and the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Its masters used to call themselves ‘caert-schrijvers’ or ‘map-scribes’ when clarifying their profession. The cities of Enkhuizen and Edam were important trading ports and as such provided an ideal environment for developing into centres of cartography, serving sea-borne navigation.
Apart from the well-known printed pilot guides by Lucas Jansz Waghenaer, the output of these ‘caert-schrijvers’ consists mainly of manuscript charts on vellum. Copies, though few they are, nowadays can be found across the globe. Sea-charts provided invaluable on-board navigation assistance to ship captains. However, another surprising contemporaneous purpose for financing these charts become popular. Rich ship owners and merchants would commission new charts to serve as wall-decoration as well as a reference point for their maritime-related conversations. They feature a decorative lay-out filled with magnificent colours. Moreover, many of these charts are embellished with miniature paintings, certainly making them some of the most beautiful exemplars ever produced by Dutch cartography during its Golden Age.

Kaarten van de Nederlandse Antillen

Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius en Sint Maarten tot 1900


W.E. Renkema

Edited by Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip, Ferjan Ormeling and Peter C.J. van der Krogt

This publication systematically categorizes and provides a nearly complete overview of the great variety of maps, both manuscript and printed, that have been made of the Dutch Antilles. The map descriptions are clarified with information on the creators of the maps and the historical background of the map image. The author has extensively studied how and for which reasons these maps were created. The cartobibliography is preceded by an extensive introduction in which the history of the islands and their inhabitants are described.

In Dutch, with an English summary.
This series on the history of cartography is prepared under the direction of the Research Program Explokart, currently located at the University of Amsterdam.

The research program Explokart ("Exploration and accessibility of Dutch cartographic documents, 16th-20th century") is dedicated to making an inventory, description, and facsimiles of Dutch wall maps, topographical maps, sea charts, hydrographical maps, and globes. The aim of Explokart is to offer guidance to the users of old maps.

The research results of the volunteers of Explokart have resulted in the modern publication series Explokart Studies in the History of Cartography. It is aimed at both researchers and laymen with an interest in these matters.

For an overview of volumes 1-14 of the series, please click here.

This is a new series with an average of two volumes per year.


George S. Carhart

This book is about the life and work of Frederick de Wit (1629-1706), one of the most famous dealers of maps, prints and art during the Dutch Golden Age, and his contribution to the dissemination of the knowledge of cartography. The Amsterdam firm of Frederick de Wit operated under the name “De Witte Pascaert” (The White Chart) from 1654 to 1710. It offered all kinds of printing and was one of the most successful publishers of maps and prints in the second half of the seventeenth century. The description of De Wit’s life and work is followed by an in-depth analysis and dating of the atlases and maps issued under his name.

To My Dear Pieternelletje

Grandfather and Granddaughter in VOC Time, 1710-1720

Bea Brommer

To my dear Pieternelletje describes a ten-year period in the lives of Pieternella van Hoorn and her grandfather Willem van Outhoorn, former governor-general of the Dutch East Indies. Eleven years old, Pieternella left for Amsterdam and the only contact possible was by mail.

Numerous letters have survived and combined with contemporaneous documents, most of them never published before, they offer a vivid and clear picture of their private life and feelings, forming a most welcome addition to official VOC-history.

Van Outhoorn not only acted as Pieternella’s mentor while she tried to adjust to her new but unknown fatherland, but also sent her numerous exquisite presents, the greater part of which has been traced and described in full, thus offering new insight in the cultural history of Asia.


Karl Giehlow

Edited by Robin Raybould

The Hieroglyphenkunde by Karl Giehlow published in 1915, described variously by critics as “a masterpiece”, “magnificent”, “monumental” and “incomparable”, is here translated into English for the first time. Giehlow’s work with an initial focus on the Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, the manuscript of which was discovered by Giehlow, was a pioneering attempt to introduce the thesis that Egyptian hieroglyphics had a fundamental influence on the Italian literature of allegory and symbolism and beyond that on the evolution of all Renaissance art.

The present edition includes the illustrations of Albrecht Dürer from the Pirckheimer translation of the Horapollo from the early fifteenth century.

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Jan Moretus and the Continuation of the Plantin Press (2 Vols.)

A Bibliography of the Works published and printed by Jan Moretus I in Antwerp (1589-1610)


Dirk Imhof

Honourable Mention at 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography (2018)

The Plantin Press was one of the best known printing-publishing enterprises in the sixteenth century. In many ways, this bibliography builds and expands upon Leon Voet’s well-known publication The Plantin Press.
This bibliography of Jan Moretus I, Christopher Plantin's successor, documents the activities of the Plantin Press during the years 1589 till 1610. It contains descriptions of his own editions and other works printed by him. The extensive bibliography contains 704 descriptions of the Jan Moretus editions and lists over 500 announcements that he printed for the city of Antwerp.

Great Books on Horsemanship

Bibliotheca Hippologica Johan Dejager

Edited by Koert van der Horst

This lavishly illustrated encyclopedic reference work brings together and organizes virtually all the great works on horses published in the first two and a half centuries following the invention of printing. It covers over 350 rare books, acquired by the Belgian collector Johan Dejager, ranging from the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth century. A particular emphasis is placed on horsemanship, riding masters, veterinary science, and the cavalry. Biographical accounts of the 175 authors behind the books are included, as well as bibliographical descriptions of the original items. The book also offers a number of insightful essays. Thus, this unique volume invites readers to travel through the assorted historical documents as they collectively shed light onto the unparalleled importance, value, and beauty of the horse.


Günter Schilder

This is the last and final volume in the series Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica. This serie is the result of the author's investigations, carried out during the past thirty years in numerous Dutch and foreign collections. In this way rare cartographic material is now more easily accessible. The work is monumental in every respect, and it is indispensable for private as well as public reference collections.
This volume focuses exclusively on the work of Hessel Gerritsz. (c. 1581-1632), who ranks among the most important and influential cartographers of the early-seventeenth-century Amsterdam. He started his career in Willem Jansz. Blaeu's workshop. About 1608 he established himself as an independent engraver, mapmaker and printer. A selection of his maps has been described and reproduced in full size and his position as chart-maker of the Dutch East and West India Company is discussed in detail.
To present an easier access to the whole series, a general index on names, maps and a dozen thematic subjects of all the nine volumes has been compiled. This index volume is included.


Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This extensive index on all five volumes of The History of the Library in Western Civilization will identify all proper names, places and subjects covered in this comprehensive and scholarly series. Also, as one of the most definitive bibliographies on books about library history, it will list more than 6.000 entries.


Ina Kok

Winner of the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography (2018)
Winner of the 2015 Menno Hertzberger Prize for Book History and Bibliography

The aims of this publication are twofold. In the first place it gives a complete census of the woodcuts in Dutch and Flemish incunabula, and a record of all places in which they appear. Both the book in which the woodcut (or series of woodcuts) appears for the first time and all repetitions of that woodcut before 1501 have been registered. In the second place a survey and analysis of the woodcuts used by each printer have been given. With this inventory dr. Kok has developed a very accurate dating system for incunabula. Over 3800 different illustrations have been found in the incunabula printed in the Low Countries, which illustrate the history of the use of woodcuts – the different states, the different stages of wear and tear.

This publication was made possible with the cooperation of many libraries and institutions worldwide:
Stichting Huis Bergh, 's-Heerenberg, Netherlands; Universiteitsbibliotheek, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museum Plantin-Moretus/Prentenkabinet, Antwerpen, Belgium (UNESCO Werelderfgoed); Ruusbroec-Genootschap, Antwerpen, Belgium; Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Consience, Antwerpen, Belgium; Staatsbibliothek, Berlin, Germany; Bibliothèque Municipale, Besançon, France; Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Bruxelles, Belgium; University Library, Cambridge, England; Universitätsbibliothek, Köln, Germany; Kongelige Biblioteket, Kopenhagen, Denmark; Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Darmstadt, Germany; Stadsarchief en Athenaeumbibliotheek, Deventer, Netherlands; Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, Scotland; Universitätsbibliothek, Frankfurt, Germany; Universitätsbibliothek, Freiburg, Germany; Universiteitsbibliotheek, Gent, Belgium; Niedersächsische Staats- und Unversitätsbibliothek, Göttingen, Germany; Librije, Gouda, Netherlands; Unversitätsbibliothek, Greifswald, Germany; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands; Gemeente Archief, Haarlem, Netherlands; Stadsbibliotheek, Haarlem, Netherlands; Harvard College Library, Cambridge MA, USA; Houghton Library, Cambridge MA, USA; Friesch Genootschap, Leeuwarden, Netherlands; Erfgoed Leiden en omstreken, Leiden, Netherlands; Universiteitsbibliotheek, Leiden, Netherlands; Bibliothèque de l'Université, Liège, Belgium; British Library, London, England; Universitätsbibliothek, Lüneburg, Germany; Regionaal historisch centrum Limburg, Maastricht, Netherlands; Draiflessen Collection (Liberna Collection), Mettingen, Germany; Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen, Middelburg, Netherlands; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München, Germany; Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Münster, Germany; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven CT, USA; Morgan Library, New York NY, USA; Bibliothek des Evangelischen Predigerseminars Wittenberg, Germany; Bodleian Library, Oxford, England; Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris, France; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; Huntington Library, San Marino CA, USA; Universitetsbibliothek, Stockholm, Sweden; Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany; Royal Dutch Library, The Hague, Netherlands; Universitätsbibliothek, Trier, Germany; Universitetsbibliothek, Uppsala, Sweden; Rijksmuseum Catharijne Convent, Utrecht, Netherlands; Universiteitsbibliotheek, Utrecht, Netherlands; Bibliothèque Municipale, Valenciennes, France; Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA.

Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This examines the papyrus books collected by Plato himself, a habit which began when he was still 'studying' under Socrates and continued throughout his years of teaching in the Academy. The book deals extensively with the works of the Ionian and Eleatic Natural Philosophers, as well as of the Pyhagoreans, which informed the composition of Plato's Dialogues. Furthermore, through this process the fabric of Sophistic literature composed at Athens is unfolded and the pioneers who introduced the study of Mathematics in the Academy are discussed in brief. Finally, a large chapter in the book deals with the architecture of the Academy, including topographical surveys and scale plans which reveal interesting facts about the ideas that went into its design, and the use of its facilities.

Ryan Twomey

'The Child is Father of the Man'discusses the field of nineteenth-century Juvenilia. Specifically, the development of the child writer into the adult author, arguing for increased critical attention toward the early works of now famous writers.
The introductory chapter reviews the role of juvenilia in the writing progression of famous authors and provides a discussion of current academic scholarship in the field of juvenilia. The book then focuses on the individual literary progressions of the nineteenth-century British writers William Harrison Ainsworth, Emily Brontë, and George Eliot, and the Anglo-Irish writer, Maria Edgeworth. The analysis in each chapter has been contextualised within the historical, regional, gothic and lyric modes, and includes an interdisciplinary study in the fields of history, biography, and languages and linguistics. Each chapter is provided as an individual case study espousing the importance of the juvenilia on the development of the later, more publicised, authorship. The concluding chapter discusses the future of the genre with reference to the discoveries outlined in the text, and juxtaposes these findings with the perceived neglect juvenilia has received from the academic community.

Engraving and Etching, 1400-2000

A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes

Ad Stijnman

This book surveys the history of the techniques of engraving, etching and plate printing – i.e. that of manual intaglio printmaking processes – from its beginning in the 1430s until today. These developments are observed in the light of the coherence between the technique of the intaglio print (such as its materials and methods of production); the 'style' or outward appearance of the print; the creator of the print; and the fashion typical of a particular social group, place and time. Economic, educational and social aspects are discussed, as well as the worldwide dissemination of the trade of intaglio printmaking.
The author shows how intaglio printmaking developed steadily from the mid-fifteenth century, with the invention of the roller press and the etching of printing plates. By 1525 intaglio printmaking techniques could be said to have reached maturity and spread east and west following the European trade routes and colonisation. Further developments in plate-making resulted from a series of inventions and reinventions. After the abolition of the guilds on the European continent around 1800, and the introduction of photography and the expansion of the graphic industry, the engraving of images became a mere mechanical procedure. The handcrafted print made way for the large-scale mechanised graphic industry which emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century. Consequently artist-etchers withdrew to an elite position to concentrate on the manual aspects of printmaking, which is the situation today.
This comprehensively illustrated study is the first of its kind to cover all elements of the trade of engraving and etching throughout six centuries. Based on an exhaustive number of primary sources it will be an essential resource for collectors, curators, conservators, printmakers and students of technical art history.

Finding their Way at Sea

The Story of the Portolan Charts, the Cartographers Who Drew Them and the Mariners Who Sailed by Them

Richard Pflederer

With an introduction by Tony Campbell.
The story of sea charts, of manuscript portolan charts in particular, is a story intimately intertwined with the history of the western world during some of the most significant and eventful periods of recorded history. Through these astonishingly beautiful and functional charts, we can trace developments in trade and warfare, exploration and colonial domination from the late medieval period through the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment.
Beginning with their introduction in the late thirteenth century, these sometimes quaintly fanciful portolan charts enjoyed an important place in the navigator's sea chest until they were finally superceded in the eighteenth century by their cheaper but far less charming printed cousins. In the mid-fifteenth century when the Europeans first ventured beyond their home waters and into the open oceans, their successes and their sometimes-heroic failures were documented on charts of the newly discovered oceans and coasts. These new charts, although depicting faraway coasts and employing the latest navigational techniques, were drawn on vellum in the same style as Mediterranean Sea charts. They served the dual purposes of recording information gleaned from previous voyages and guiding the mariners of subsequent voyages.

The History of the Library in Western Civilization, Volume V

From Petrarch to Michelangelo: The Revival of the Study of the Classics and the First Humanistic Libraries Printing in the Service of the World of Books and Monumental Libraries


Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

In this fifth volume, the author writes about the re-evaluation of the ancient world: this set in motion a quest for the surviving works of ancient Greek and Latin literature, most of which were to be found in monastic libraries. He discusses the new schools and scholarly circles that were formed to promote the spread of Greek and Latin literature, especially philosophical works, and the emergence from them of the first humanistic libraries. He evokes the character of the libraries belonging to patrons of literature and the arts, such as Matthias Corvinus, the Vatican, the Medici family, the Dukes of Urbino and François I, among many others. Finally, there is an excellent treatise and circumstantial account of the invention of printing, which changed the scene as regards the dissemination of books and the formation of libraries in such a way that the world of books during the Renaissance witnessed a return to the state of affairs existing under the Roman emperors from Augustus to Hadrian.

Japoniæ insulæ: The Mapping of Japan

A Historical Introduction and Cartobibliography of European Printed Maps of Japan before 1800


Jason C. Hubbard

Japoniæ insulæ: The Mapping of Japan systematically categorizes and provides an overview of all the European printed maps of Japan published to 1800. The author has undertaken a review of the literature, conducted an exhaustive investigation in major libraries and private collections, analyzed these findings and then compiled information on 125 maps of Japan. The introduction contains information about the mapping to 1800, the typology of Japan by western cartographers, an overview on geographical names on early modern western maps of Japan and a presentation of the major cartographic models developed for this book.

In English with Japanese summary.

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.

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

The "Galérie agréable du monde" by Pieter van der Aa (1728)


Peter C.J. van der Krogt

This latest part of the Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici series contains the description of one single "atlas" only: the Galérie agréable du monde, published by Pieter van der Aa in Leiden in 1728. The work is described page-by-page in the form of a catalogue. Every description is accompanied by a small photo. Large-format digital photographs of all the sheets – both textual and graphic – have been placed on the accompanying DVD, so that this volume is in effect a digital facsimile of the Galérie agréable.
In two volumes.

Mapping Greece, 1420-1800: A History

Maps in the Margarita Samourkas Collection

George Tolias

Mapping Greeceis a richly illustrated history of the cartography of Greece during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, based on the Margarita Samourka Map Collection (one of the most important collections of its kind in private hands in Greece) that consists of 1,700 maps of Greece. Divided into five chapters, the book contains an introduction, conclusions, and an appendix.
Summarizing the foundations of the mapping of Greece as established by the classical and medieval cartographic tradition with the Ptolemaic revival, the maritime portolan chart, the mappa mundi, and the local cartography of early humanism, this book shows the rise and development of the regional concept of Greece and its establishment of cartographic conventions. Various chapters discuss the standardization of the regional maps of Greece in "the age of the atlas," an era of commercialization of the printed map, and the wide dissemination of these maps. Four prefaces written by George Tolias, Paschallis M. Kitromildes, Christos G. Zacharakis, and Margarita Samourkas discuss each one's thoughts on this ambitious and comprehensive project.
Also discussed is the application of modern surveying technology to the mapping of Greece, the work of astronomers and mariners, topographical commentaries, and the production of maps of ancient geography and historical maps of Greece from the end of the sixteenth century onwards. Richly illustrated in a large format, with an overwhelming number of beautiful maps illustrations, Mapping Greece contains a detailed catalogue of the maps in the Margarita Samourka collection compiled by Leonora Navari. The Margarita Samourka collection includes maps of all parts of Greece and of historical Greek regions. It is significant for its breadth and its chronological development beginning with Italian map engravers and publishers of the sixteenth century to the French reformation of cartography in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Finally, the book provides an overall summary of the series of definitions and perceptions of Greece which emerge in the maps of the region during the centuries of foreign domination, and an assessment of the contribution of maps of Greece to the general history of cartography.

Wiebe Hogendoorn

This book comprises a series of fifteen Amsterdam Schouwburg set prints from the eighteenth century, accompanied by detailed discussions. Most of these prints have appeared individually in Dutch theatre histories or specialist studies and some of them in foreign theatre histories. However, this is the first publication that includes the complete series, in colour and, what is more, explained from every point of view.
The series of prints in this book gradually came about after the Centenary of the Schouwburg in 1738. In this publication, they are supported by illustrations that can be connected to the set prints and are equally relevant when studying the theatre history of that time.
In cooperation with Ben Albach, Eric Alexander, Tuja van den Berg, Sietske de Jong-Schreuder, Hans de Leeuwe, Bianca M. du Mortier en Rob van der Zalm.

Hendrik D.L. Vervliet

In the course of the early sixteenth century the printed book decoration underwent a double metamorphosis. First stylistically, through the replacement of the previous medieval mostly floral embellishments by new motifs copied from Islamic or Byzantine sources, or borrowed from antiquity. Second technically, by the gradual inclusion of cast ornaments into the printer's bills-of-fount. They increasingly replaced the prestigious, sumptuous and time-consuming hand-painted illumination and decoration, or the less costly and sometimes crude woodcut techniques.
This survey focuses on one pattern of these Renaissance ornaments, namely the vine leaf, or as it is commonly known, the "Aldine" leaf. The design is also known as an ivy leaf or, as palaeographers and some typographers call it, a hedera or floral heart.
As a cast sort the vine leaf was introduced in the early sixteenth-century. It became rapidly one of the most favoured decorative designs in Renaissance typography and has remained a steadfast sort in a printer's case since then. The motif has mainly been studied from a designer's point of view, but a more bibliographically oriented survey seems to be missing. To fill up this void this survey aims to register all sixteenth-century sorts known.
Next to a facsimile in true scale, the bibliography contains the punchcutter's name, the size, occurrences, type-specimens, preserved artefacts and notes.

Women in Revolutionary Debate

Female Novelists from Burney to Austen

Stephanie Russo

In the later eighteenth and earlier nineteenth centuries novels were believed to have the power to shape and/or change behaviour, and, by implication, affect the political landscape of society on a large scale. The English response to the French Revolution can be traced through a reading of the novels of the period. The French Revolution in itself was indelibly associated with the domestic arena, and, thus, by extension, with women. Again and again in novels of the period, and particularly in women's novels, the stability, or otherwise, of the family reflects the stability of government and of the nation. It was through the medium of the novel that women could enter the debate on revolution, using their novels as means through which to explore many of the dominant social and political issues of the day.
The novel, more often than not set in the family home, was a medium uniquely suited to an exploration of revolutionary ideologies in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The emerging form of the novel offered a unique opportunity for women to present new, challenging perspectives on the revolutionary crisis of the 1790s. The works of Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, Maria Edgeworth, Mrs Bullock and Jane Austen, all occupy an important place in this debate, and indeed, in the history of the novel. They demonstrate that women were at the forefront of development of the form of the novel itself.


Peter C.J. van der Krogt and Elger Heere

In the 16th, 17th and 18th century the Netherlands had a thriving map production and publishing industry. Johannes Blaeu and Abraham Ortelius are, among others, important names regarding the history of the Dutch cartographic industry. The maps produced in these three centruries are now relatively rare and highly sougth after by a large communicty of collectors, map curators, dealers of antiquities and enthusiasts. The series will give the reader clear, short, no-nonsense yet academically valid information about all Dutch atlas maps regarding a certain country or earea. e.g. England, Germany, France, etc. Each part will mainly address the edition of the atlas(es) in which the maps have been incorporated, the year of publication of the maps, the known states, cartographic references and remarks by the author.

This first volume of the Guides to Dutch Atlas Maps series offers a descriptive catalogue of all the maps of England, and particular parts of the country, published in Dutch atlases between 1570 and 1650. All the maps in the atlases of Ortelius, Mercator-Hondius, Janssonius, Blaeu and their followers are recorded.

Edited by Henk de Vries

One of the most famous highlights of the classic Spanish literature is the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea by Fernando de Rojas. This tragicomedy, that became known as La Celestina, marks the end of medieval literature and the beginning of the literary renaissance in Spain.
This new Dutch translation by Henk de Vries offers an extensive analysis of the play.


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.

Line, Shade and Shadow

The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings

Lois Olcott Price

As documents of the built environment, as source material for architectural historians and preservation architects, and as stunning works of art, architectural drawings serve a wide and diverse audience.
This book explores the materials and techniques used in their fabrication while illustrating their evolution from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. In addition to documenting the drafting process, this exploration also contributes to an understanding of the development of architectural design, the architectural profession, and the manufacturers that served its drafting and reprographic needs.
Because architectural drawings survive in great numbers and in large, often unstable formats, preservation and access issues present major challenges for institutions that hold research collections. This book provides a comprehensive look at both the problems and the solutions. It is beautifully illustrated with examples from major collections and includes extensive source citations.
The first three chapters discuss: the development of drafting-specific drawing, detail, and tracing papers and cloths; the changing media and techniques used in drafting, rendering, and mounting working, detail, and presentation drawings; the use of drawing instruments and correction and copying methods; and the introduction, development, and identification of blueprints and other photo-reproduction processes, including the history, chemistry, and working procedure for each process. The fourth and final chapter includes: an introduction to preservation, collection management, storage, and exhibition specifically for architectural drawings and photo-reproductions; and descriptions of specific conservation treatments with an assessment of their appropriateness for different deterioration issues and types of drawings.

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2011 Historic Preservation Book Prize to Line, Shade and Shadow: The Fabrication and Preservation of Architectural Drawings by Lois Olcott Price.


Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip, Joop Kaashoek, Jaap Molenaar, Rob J. Poelijoe, Henk Schipper and Hans van der Zwan

The decision to embark on researching maps in books has resulted in a publication, presenting an unique combination of maps, plans and views. It concerns those, tucked away in historical and geographical works on Russia and Poland, prior to 1800 and published in the Netherlands. Both maps and books are elaborately described, analysed and indexed; much attention has been lavished on their authors, engravers and publishers to boot. The cartographic subdivision of the maps according to their regions brings to light the specific interrelation between the various works by differing authors.
The comprehensive introduction describes the history of Russia and Poland from various points of view for specific subjects and comes richly illustrated with over 100 images. The cartobibliography contains illustrations for each of the over 700 maps described and the bibliography features a large number of title pages and portraits in addition. This unusual combination of research objectives should appeal to map and book historians and collectors alike. A large folding view of the city of Moscow by Cornelis de Bruijn (1711) has been added in facsimile at the back of this publication. Summaries in Russian and Polish complete this publication.
In English with Polish and Russian summary.
Maps in Books of Russia and Poland is part 13 of the Utrecht Studies on the History of Cartography (Explokart).

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.

Ortelius Atlas Maps

An Illustrated Guide. Second Revised Edition

M. van den Broecke

This renowned book has been out of print for a couple of years, but a second, corrected, revised and grangerized edition is now available. This very practical and informative manual gives an extensive overview and a description of all the maps that appeared in the famous first atlas by Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 and all later editions. The book gives illustrated information on every map of the various editions that have appeared of the Ortelius Atlas and provides valuable information on the dating, number of copies printed, editions and the origin of the maps. Titles pages and portraits of Ortelius are also extensively described.

Agnes M.L. Kerssemakers

Collected and described by Agnes M. L. Kerssemakers.
In this extensive catalogue the author describes some 9,000 printed books, pamphlets, papers, periodicals, almanacks, broadsides, posters, prints, caricatures, photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia which were collected by her over the course of many years.
This is a collection of mainly ad hoc propaganda and enlightenment, but also entertainment like songs and literature, including editions of almost the entire Malik-Verlag. Complemented with pictorial surveys of social bodies or activities, as well as the great works of the social Fathers, like Babeuf, Morelly, Rousseau, Moses Hess, Flora Tristan, Marx and Lenin. The catalogue has been enriched with 161 full colour illustrations.


Edited by Koert van der Horst

In 2011 we have completed one of our most prestigious projects; the publication of the facsimile of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem bound in eight volumes. To celebrate this occasion we have published an accompanying publication with background information on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the production of the facsimile.
In this book, various experts on the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem describe the many aspects of this unique compilation atlas from the 17th century. The book contains contributions by Roelof van Gelder on the Atlas of Laurens van de Hem and his library, a detailed description of the life and works of the collector and the making of his Atlas; Truusje Goedings on the coloration of the Atlas; Erlend de Groot on the art historical aspects of a series of drawings from the Atlas; Peter van der Krogt on the Atlas Maior by Blaeu, which served as the point of departure for the Atlas; Benjamin Schmidt on the printed maps from the Atlas, and Dick Gaasbeek on the making of the facsimile of the Atlas, including a detailed description of the photography, the printing and the binding. Together with an introduction by Günter Schilder, this book further contains a catalogue with the numbers and titles of, and brief information on all the maps and images present in the 8 volumes of the facsimile.
Extend your series of the catalogue of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem of the Austrian Library. Illustrated and annotated catalogue, now with an additional 8th volume about the history of the history of the Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem and the challenges of making the facsimile.

See also:

The History of the Library in Western Civilization, Volume IV

From Cassiodorus to Furnival: Classical and Christian Letters, Schools and Libraries in the Monasteries and Universities, Western Book Centres


Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This work is the fourth part in an important, five-volume series addressing the unique role libraries have played in building and preserving Western culture. Mr. Staikos has become one of our foremost scholars on library history, writing such books as this as well as works like "The Great Libraries," a classic in its field.
This fourth volume discusses the publishing procedure for secular and religious writings of late antiquity and the factors that led to the impoverishment of the monumental libraries in Rome. New centers of learning grew up in the monasteries, where great libraries containing educational and instructive books and representative works of Christian literature came into being. Monastic libraries were founded throughout Europe, including the regions with Celtic and Anglo-Saxon populations: those at Monte Cassino, Bobbio, St. Gallen, Fulda, Cluny and elsewhere are dealt with extensively. Mention is also made of the libraries founded in universities and of the new philosophy of forming school libraries, as in Bologna and Paris.


Frans Laurentius

In Dutch with English summary.
Met een beschrijving van het leven, bedrijf en voorraad van de Nederlandse prent- en kunstverkoper Clement de Jonghe, levert de bekende prentenhandelaar en expert op het gebied van de etsen van Rembrandt, Frans Laurentius uit Middelburg, een belangrijke bijdrage aan de inventarisatie en het bedrijf van een uitgever van prenten in de tijd van Rembrandt, de uitgever Clement de Jonghe. Het is bekend dat deze laatste in het bezit was van een groep door Rembrandt geëtste koperplaten. Ondanks zijn relatieve bekendheid binnen dit gebied is Clement de Jonghe in de literatuur nooit echt uitgebreid behandeld.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. IV (3 Vols.)

The Town Atlases, Braun & Hogenberg, Janssonius, Blaeu, De Wit/Mortier and Others


Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Descriptive and illustrated bibliography of all town atlases by Braun & Hogenberg, Blaeu, Janssonius, De Wit and other Dutch publishers.
Three volumes.

Thomas Mattheij

In Dutch with English summary.
Een gedegen beschrijving van het burgerlijk drama in Nederland, een nieuw dramagenre dat zich hier ontwikkelde vanaf de vroege 18e eeuw uit en naast het reeds bestaande classicistische blij- en treurspel. Mattheij beschrijft de introductie van het burgerlijk drama in de Amsterdamse Schouwburg met alle daarbij horende facetten als interne organisatie van de schouwburg, productie, samenstelling van het repertoire en receptie door het publiek. Daarnaast deed hij onderzoek naar de heersende denkbeelden over het burgerlijk drama die de uitvoeringspraktijk in de periode 1738-1788 begeleidden. Resultaat is een gedegen en complete studie en een prachtig naslagwerk voor een ieder die hier meer over wil weten.

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.

Frans A. Janssen

This beautifull book gives an entertaining account of Dibdin's stay in Paris during his bibliographical tour through France and Germany. Frans Janssen describes the bibliohiles' visits to prominent representatives of the book world as Renouard, Brunet and Crapelet and their reactions to what he had to say and in reaction Dibdin's responses. Written by an expert on book collecting (Frans Janssen), skilfully translated into English (Harry Lake), designed and typeset by a famous Dutch designer (Piet Gerards) and printed and bound by the finest Dutch craftsmen in their field, this little book is a true jewel.

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.

G. Lukacs

A detailed description of the accounts of two very important medical works, the impact of the contents in Japan and their significance worldwide. This work reveals many never noticed details, facts and relations and emphasizes again the importance of bibliographic research.
The contents will be of interest for specialists of Japanese culture, medical historians and readers who are interested in Japanese cultural history and who are interested in bibliographical research. The author, Dr. Gabor Lukacs has worked on this book for many years and he very thoroughly researched all the aspects he describes in this work. This book can deservedly be called a magnum opus.

Ruling the Waves

Emperor Maximilian I, the Search for Islands and the Transformation of the European World Picture, c. 1500


Harald Kleinschmidt

In this work Kleinschmidt is tracing the political implications of the transformation of the European world picture in the age of Emperor Maximilian I. It is relevant for Renaissance political and cultural history. At closer inspection Maximilian turns out to have been a crucial though much underestimated figure in the context of the changes of the world picture during his time. Not only was he continuously and persistently involved in activities through which these changes were provoked. He also issued and authorized the most comprehensive sources relevant to the impact that the changes of the world picture had on politics and international relations. This work describes the exploration travels around the world, ordered by Maximilian, among which were the Portuguese expeditions to Ethiopia and India.
The study proceeds chronologically in three parts, describing first (A) in brief the aspects of the emerging structure of territorial rule, concepts of universalism attached to the Roman Empire and the world picture during the Middle Ages, followed by part B which examines the changes of the world picture and Maximilian's role (the Portuguese and Spanish Expeditions) in it. The last section (C) surveys the emerging of the new world order, the transformation of the Roman Empire as an institution of universal rule and the consolidation of territorial politics during the first half of the sixteenth century.

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

The Supplemental Volumes (Ergänzungsbände). Descriptive Catalogue of the Four Supplemental Volumes to 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.

T. Laurentius and Frans Laurentius

The seventeenth century is an underrepresented period in the publications on watermarks. A growing demand in the fields of history and art history for exact dating of documents and artworks on seventeenth century paper was one of the main reasons for the authors to conduct research in this area. This book is based on the "Ingekomen Stukken" ("Received Pieces") of the Staten van Zeeland (States of Zeeland), carefully collected per year and preserved in the Zeeland Archives in Middelburg. In order to reproduce the watermarks in actual size, as was the case in volume 1600-1650, "soft X-ray" equipment developed by Dr. Jan van Aken (emeritus professor dental radiology of the University of Utrecht) was used.
With 1221 black and white and 7 full colour true size photographs and detailed descriptions Watermarks (1650-1700) Found in the Zeeland Archives gives together with the first volume ( Watermarks (1600-1650) Found in the Zeeland Archives) a long awaited overview of the watermarks and the types of paper that where available in The Netherlands in the 17th century.
An indispensable tool for all those who are interested in paper, economy, history and art-history.

The History of the Library in Western Civilization, Volume III

From Constantine the Great to Cardinal Bessarion: Imperial, Monastic, School and Private Libraries in the Byzantine World


Konstantinos Sp. Staikos

This work is the third part in an important, five-volume series addressing the unique role libraries have played in building and preserving Western culture. Mr. Staikos has become one of our foremost scholars on library history, writing such books as this as well as works like "The Great Libraries," a classic in its field.
This third volume spans a period of more than a thousand years and covers an area stretching from Alexandria and Trebizond to Calabria and Sicily in the south of Italy. The author explores the end of the ancient world and the closure and destruction of its monumental libraries, and describes the formation, of the great monastic libraries, such as St. Catherine's on Mount Sinai, the Monastery of Studius in Constantinople, the group of monasteries on Mount Athos and the famous library in the Monastery of St. John on Patmos. Finally, he examines all the known palace, public, university and private libraries in the whole of the Byzantine Empire, and discusses the booktrade as well.


Edited by Lotte Hellinga

Since the appearance in 1908 of the first volume of BMC the work has been relied on as one of the main authorities on the earliest printing in Europe. Its coverage of early printing from the European countries in which the new technique was successively introduced provides not only extensive bibliographical descriptions, but introduces the material with an analysis of the development of printing in the relevant areas. This final volume to appear in the series covers England, where printing was not introduced until 1476, a good twenty years after the appearance of the earliest printed books in Mainz. The England volume of BMC responds to the special circumstances of early printing in England by giving particular attention to textual transmission, systematically following each text from source or copy to print whenever possible. Printing-house methods of book-production get full consideration. Notes on further dissemination are extended by an analysis of early ownership (and by implication of readership) taking account of material outside the British Library collection. This is followed by a history of the formation of the collection from 1753 in the British Museum, which began with the great collectors of the eighteenth century, and in which the antiquarian book-trade of this and later periods had an important role.
In view of the new focal points of interest the bibliographical descriptions are more elaborate than in the previous volumes, and include extensive notes on provenance and early readers which are the work of Margaret Nickson. A new forensic element is the systematic investigation of paper used by the printing houses until Caxton's death in 1492, when the nature of production changed. This was undertaken by Paul Needham, who contributes a separate introduction on the trade in paper and paper as evidence for dating and production processes. His investigation, together with the evidence of the use of printing types, underlies the new chronological arrangement which has to be the basis for any interpretation. The resulting chronological list of all printing in England before 1501 is presented in separate tables. The work includes descriptions of 323 copies of books, representing 221 editions of items printed in England, out of a total of 395 known to date, extensive introductions and 52 full-size plates accompanying the descriptions of printing types.

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.

Gijsbert Franco, Baron von Derfelden van Hinderstein 1783-1857

Leven en werk van 'eene ware specialiteit' in kaart gebracht


P.W.A. Broeders

An extensive work on the life and work of the Utrecht based cartographer Gijsbert Franco von Derfelden. The composer of the Algemeene Kaart van Nederlandsch Oost-Indië is virtually unknown, except for his name and his maps. Therefore, this work offers many new insights. The book comes with a CD-rom with numerous appendices.

Licht als leidraad

Leven en werk van Frits Lensvelt (1886-1945)

T. (Tuja) van den Berg and Rob van der Zalm

Published on the occasion of two exhibitions (in Amsterdam and in Assen) on the life and works of Frits Lensvelt. This versatile and influential Dutch designer and artist, who is probably best known in the world of theatre for his designs of stage decors, also made a name for himself as a book decorator and illustrator, a designer of decorative lamps, and as an interior architect. Licht als leidraad consists of contributions by Tuja van den Berg ("Leven en werk van Frits Lensvelt"), Rob van der Zalm ("Frits Lensvelt en het toneel"), Henriëtte Wijmenga ("Frits Lensvelt als ontwerper van lampen en als binnenhuisarchitect") en Jan Storm van Leeuwen ("Frits Lensvelt en het boek")

Mappæ antiquæ: Liber Amicorum Günter Schilder (2 Vols.)

Vriendenboek ter gelegenheid van zijn 65ste verjaardag / Essays on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday / Festschrift zur Vollendung seines 65. Lebensjahres / Mélanges offerts pour son 65ième anniversaire


Edited by Paula van Gestel-Van het Schip and Peter C.J. van der Krogt

This Liber Amicorum was published to celebrate the 65th birthday of a man who travelled to the farthest corners of the world to study maps, atlases and historic documents with love and passion throughout his entire life, then describing and analyzing them down to the smallest detail. It was presented to him 16th February 2007 by the editorial staff and all the others who worked on this publication to mark the occasion of his 65th birthday as well as the fact that he has been the holder for over 25 years of the only chair in the history of cartography in the world.
The work contains 49 contributions about cartographic subjects all by well-known cartographers, conservators and other map-related specialists throughout the world.