Benedictus de Spinoza

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Overview of the Benedictus de Spinoza collection

  • Contents: rare old prints by and about Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) and the Dutch Spinozists, correspondence about the association Het Spinozahuis (The Spinoza House) of The Hague, the only 2 surviving manuscripts of Spinoza’s Korte verhandeling (Short Treatise) and modern editions by and about Spinoza.
  • Size: about 1.400 printed books, e-books and manuscripts.
  • Access: can be found in the KB catalogue.

Contents of the Benedictus de Spinoza collection

Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) was the philosopher of the Dutch enlightenment. The KB is the place to be for those wishing to study the great influence of Benedictus de Spinoza from his own time to the present. In the collection you will find books by and about Spinoza – scholarly publications, as well as books aimed at a wider audience. There are also many different editions of Spinoza’s work. These include critical scholarly editions as well as updated versions of Spinoza’s works. In the KB collection, you will also find the only 2 surviving manuscripts of the 17th-century manuscript translation Korte verhandeling van God, de mensch en desselvs welstand (Short Treatise of God, Man, and His Well-being).

History of the Benedictus de Spinoza collection

The KB has been building its collection by and about Benedictus de Spinoza ever since its foundation. In 1870, 1871 and 1958, the collection was expanded with donations from Adrianus Bogaers (1795-1870), a purchase from the collection of Antonius van der Linde (1833-1897) and the estate of spinozist Willem Gerard van der Tak (1885-1958).

Accessibility of the Benedictus de Spinoza collection

Publications by and about Spinoza can be found via the KB catalogue. The reading room houses a large reference library on Spinoza. Information can be found online via Digital resources, catalogues and websites. Information about Spinoza in books, newspapers, magazines and more can be found via Delpher.

Spinoza in other libraries

Literature about the Benedictus de Spinoza collection

Article

  • Storm, R. ‘Antonius van der Linde, geleerde, bibliofiel 1833-1897’. Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1789-1998. Zwolle: Waanders, 1998. 75-79.