History of the collection: The collection was given on loan to the KB in 1941.
Size: The collection comprises approximately 1,200 books.
Accessibility: The books are listed in the KB online public catalogue; they can be borrowed or consulted on the premises.
More information: Anna Rademakers - 070-3140780.
W. Mulier, Cricket. Haarlem, 1897. Omslag. Sign: 581 G 15.
T. de Ruiter-Klomp, A. van Weelde e.a., 50 jaar dames cricket in Nederland. Den Haag, 1984. P. 12. Sign: XCM 089.
J. Nieuwenhuysen Kruseman, J.E. Koch e.a. Een eeuw georganiseerd cricket in Nederland. Den Haag, 1983. P. 19.
J. Nieuwenhuysen Kruseman, J.E. Koch e.a. Een eeuw georganiseerd cricket in Nederland. Den Haag, 1983. P. 22.
Although ball games existed in England in the late Middle Ages that were forerunners of cricket, the game in its modern form dates to the 18th century. By around 1800 the game of cricket had developed to such a stage in England that it was introduced at Eton and other schools, and as the 19th century passed cricket evolved 'from a folkloristic fairground attraction to a standardized game' (Een eeuw georganiseerd cricket in Nederland, 1983, p. 7).
In the mid-19th century the game was also brought to the Netherlands. In no time at all an enthusiastic circle emerged of players of this 'noblest of all outdoor games', as the famous sports pioneer Pim Mulier called it. In 1883 the Nederlandsche Cricket Bond (the Netherlands Cricket League) was established, partly on the initiative of man of letters Frans Netscher. At its 75th anniversary in 1958 the League was permitted to add the designation 'Koninklijk' (Royal) to its name. Competition cricket has been played in the Netherlands since 1892, which incidentally was also the year that a Dutch team first crossed the North Sea to play matches in England.
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek maintains a cricket collection that came to the KB on loan from the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricketbond (Royal Netherlands Cricket League, KNCB). The original agreement dates from 1941; it was revised in 1993. The collection has been supplemented by the KNCB several times, and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek itself also makes incidental purchases. The collection comprises approximately 120 volumes of sports periodicals from the years 1880-1930 as well as about 1,200 books, mostly devoted to cricket in the Anglo-Saxon world.
W. Mulier, Cricket. Haarlem : De Erven Loosjes, 1897, XI, 247 p.,  bl. pl
Een eeuw georganiseerd cricket in Nederland. Den Haag : KNCB, 1983, 123 p.
Over cricket. Boeken van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricketbond in bruikleen bij de Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Den Haag : Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1993, 151 p.
'Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricketbond (Royal Netherlands Cricket Board)'. In: Collectors and collections. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1789-1998. Zwolle : Waanders, 1998, p. 198-200.