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Of all the illuminated and decorated manuscripts in the UL-Utrecht, all miniatures with identifiable subjects are illustrated and indexed, along with a choice of the minor decorations. Over 65 manuscripts are illuminated in Utrecht, the most important centre of book production in the Netherlands during the late Middle Ages.


When Willem Heda concluded his Latin history of the Utrecht bishops on 1 May 1521 with a dedicatory epistle to the Utrecht Cathedral Chapter, he probably could not have expected it would take almost a century before the work was actually printed. That he assumed his history would soon be on the press is apparent from a sentence in the dedication itself: '. . . iussistis ut . . . etiam gesta ac vitas sanctorum, . . . ea in lucem proferentes publicis impensis novis formis excudenda traderemus, . . . [You, canons of the cathedral, commissioned us . . . to publish also the history and lives of the saints (the bishops of Utrecht) and present it to be printed at your expense (at the expense of public funds), "novis formis": in the new letters (type faces)]'.

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Bibliotheca Hippologica Johan Dejager
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 Thus, this unique volume invites readers to travel through the assorted historical documents as they collectively shed light onto the unparalleled importance, value, and beauty of the horse.
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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.

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An unrecorded copy of the Officium illustrated with 16 small engravings and printed by Plantin in 1578/9 which has recently come to light in an antiquarian bookshop confirms Karen Lee Bowen's hypothesis of 1994 that a number of engravings with the same format occurring in Plantin's Missale of 1585 belong to a series which Plantin must have commissioned from the engraver Jan Wierix after the designs of Peeter van der Borcht shortly after 1572. The series in the newly discovered book is anonymous, but the engravings are copied so carefully that they may be added to the oeuvre of Jan Wierix and Peeter van der Borcht respectively. Some of these engravings were previously entirely unknown.

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Picturing the Psalms of David
With authorative contributions on the historical, stylistic, and iconographic context of this masterpiece of Carolingian Renaissance by R. McKitterick, K. van der Horst, K. Corrigan, F. Mütherich, and W. Noel, and including the catalogue of the 1996 exhibition on the Utrecht Psalter at the Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht.
Liber amicorum Presented to Nico Israel on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday
With contributions on geography, travel, rare books, booktrade, collectors and libraries by C. Koeman, G. Schilder, R. Breugelmans, K. van der Horst, F.A. Janssen, C. Reedijk, J. Storm van Leeuwen, E. Braches, E. Cockx-Indestege, I.H. van Eeghen, H. de la Fontaine Verwey, L. Hellinga-Querido, P.F.J. Obbema, B. van Selm, a.o