The Library of Franeker University in Context, 1585–1843


Author: Jacob van Sluis
From 1585 to 1843, the Dutch town Franeker housed the University of Franeker. It had its peak in the seventeenth century and attracted students from Protestant countries throughout Europe. A library was founded right from the start and its collection has been preserved almost entirely. Eleven catalogues were printed in the course of its existence, and as a result the development of the collection can be examined chronologically.
The Library of Franeker University in Context, 1585–1843 discusses the relationship with education at Franeker University in detail, and makes a comparison with other similar libraries.

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Jacob van Sluis studied theology (Ph.D. 1988) and philosophy (Ph.D. 1997) at the University of Groningen. He has published studies and a bibliography of the former University of Franeker and a critical edition of François Hemsterhuis, Oeuvres Philosophiques (Brill, 2015).
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Part 1 The Context

1 Franeker University, a Short History
 1  A Prestigious Foundation
 2  A Small, but Elegant and Not Unpleasant Town
 3  The Academic Community
 4  A Sense of Decline
 5  The Re-establishment as Athenaeum

2 The Four Faculties
 1  Theology
 2  Law
 3  Medicine
 4  Artes
 5  Conclusion

3 Modus Operandi
 1  Teaching and Learning
 2  Graduation
 3  Latin as an Academic Code

4 The Emergence of Public Libraries around 1600
 1  Bibliotheca Publica
 2  Catalogues
 3  Growth by Acquisition or by Agglomeration?

5 A Grand Tour along the New Libraries
 1  University Library, Leuven
 2  Bodleian Library, Oxford
 3  University Library, Cambridge
 4  Trinity College Library, Cambridge
 5  Trinity College Library, Dublin
 6  University Library, Leiden
 7  Bibliotheca Thysiana, Leiden
 8  University Library, Groningen
 9  Public Libraries in Dutch Towns
 10  German Libraries
 11  Conclusion

Part 2 The Franeker Library

6 Building a Library
 1  Filling the Empty Shelves
 2  1601, the First Printed Catalogue (Period I)
 3  The Observance of the Library Regulations

7 Curator Saeckma as Supervisor
 1  Around the 1626 Catalogue (Period II)
 2  A Private Collection Auctioned: Lubbertus
 3  Around the 1635 Catalogue (Period III)

8 A Breakthrough towards Modernity
 1  The 1644 Catalogue (Period IV)
 2  A Huge Theft
 3  Statutes
 4  Bookbinding

9 The Second Half of the Seventeenth Century
 1  The 1656 Catalogue (Period V)
 2  Profits and Expenses
 3  A Major Rearrangement and the 1691 Catalogue (Period VI)

10 Visitors and Testimonies
 1  Visitors from Abroad
 2  Testimonies about the Library Room

11 The 1713 Catalogue as a Landmark Halfway
 1  The 1713 Catalogue (Period VII)
 2  Rhenferd and the Hebrew Books
 3  Manuscripts, Incunables, and Other Imprints

12 The Changing Landscape, 1713–1811
 1  Acquisitions, 1713–1750
 2  The 1749 Catalogue (Period VIII)
 3  Frisian Athens
 4  The 1781 Catalogue (Period IX)
 5  Legatum Schurmannianum, I
 6  The Last Decades until 1811

13 The Athenaeum Years, 1815–1843 and Afterwards
 1  The Years between 1815 and 1843
 2  The Long Road to the 1842 Catalogue
 3  Preservation and Loss
 4  Delft
 5  Legatum Schurmannianum, II
 6  The 1854 Catalogue
 7  Final Score (Period X)
 8  Aftermath

14 Conclusion: The Value of the Library
 1  The University between Old and New
 2  The Library in Context of Other Academic Libraries
 3  The Library in Context of Franeker University

Appendix A: The Franeker Professors
Appendix B: The Franeker Librarians
Appendix C: An Overview of the Franeker University Library
Sources and Bibliography
All interested in book history and the history of universities, academic libraries and sciences in the 16th-19th centuries.