History of the collection: The collection was acquired in 1957.
Size: The collection comprises approximately 1,500 books.
Accessibility: The books are listed in the online public catalogue. They are accessible to everyone.
More information: Anna Rademakers - 070-3140780.
De berggids. Utrecht, 1933. Cover. Shelf mark: NAV F 19.
Ph.C. Visser, Boven en beneden de sneeuwgrens. Utrecht, 1910. Cover. Shelf mark: NAV G 204
Ph.C. Visser, Boven en beneden de sneeuwgrens. Utrecht, 1910. P. 279. Shelf mark: NAV G 204
The inhabitants of mountainous regions have always felt at home in their environments, of course, but it was not until the 18th century that outsiders began showing any enthusiasm for visiting areas such as the Alps and climbing the mountains. This interest coincided with the new appreciation for natural beauty and the development of modern forms of tourism and sports. In 1786 Mont Blanc was climbed for the first time. In the 19th century there was a sharp rise in the number of people setting off on mountain excursions and trying to reach the summit. After the English Alpine Club was founded in London in 1857, similar organizations followed in their footsteps in other countries. The Nederlandsche Alpen-Vereeniging (the Netherlands Alpine Association) was founded in Leiden in 1902, later to be granted the designation 'Koninklijke' (Royal). Other mountainous areas were climbed besides the Alps, and other winter sports such as skiing were soon to gain in popularity.
The alpinism collection began with an agreement between the Koninklijke Nederlandse Alpen-Vereniging (the Royal Netherlands Alpine Association, KNAV) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in 1957. This agreement provided for a loan of books on alpinism and related subjects from the KNAV to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The collection comprises 98 periodicals (approximately 38 metres) and about 1,150 books. The KB itself is involved in only incidental purchases in this field, but the Dutch literature has been fully represented since the seventies in the Deposit Library.
Catalogus Koninklijke Nederlandse Alpen-Vereniging. [The Hague : de Vereniging], c. 1975, 86 p.
Een halve eeuw Nederlands alpinisme, 1902-1952. Leiden : Nederlandsche Alpen-Vereniging, 1952, 120 p. 16 p. pl.
'Koninklijke Nederlandse Alpen-Vereniging and Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Royal Dutch Alpine Association and Dutch Ski Association'. In: Collectors and collections : Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1798-1998. Zwolle : Waanders, 1998, p. 201-203.