Size: The collection comprises c. 3.500 books.
Access: The majority of the post-incunabula can be found in the KB Catalogue. The shelf-marks of Dutch post-incunabula heve been added to the copy of Nijhoff-Kronenberg's Nederlandsche Bibliographiein the Special Collections Reading Room. Moreover, those from the Northern Netherlands have been incorporated in the STCN. Foreign post-incunabula are listed in the Catalogus by Pennink. The KB owns photographs, microfilms or photocopies of many rare post-incunabula of which there are no copies in the Netherlands or Belgium.
More information: Marieke van Delft - 070-3140329.
Baptista Mantuanus. Agon et historia beatissime virginis Margarete. Deventer, Theod. de Borne, (c.1515). Nijhoff-Kronenberg 2326. Shelfnumber 2901 C 9, f. A1r, title page with printer's mark.
Erasmus, Desiderius. Opera omnia. Basel, H. Frobenius et N. Episcopius, 1540. Pennink 756. Shelfnumber 227 C 9, T.9 title page.
In the KB, as in many other libraries in the nineteenth century, manuscripts and incunabulawere considered separate collections and they were placed in the repositories accordingly. But there is a third category in the KB which had been placed separately and catalogued as early as Holtrop's first years as the KB's librarian: books printed between 1501 and 1540, the so-called post-incunabula. When Holtrop compiled the catalogue of incunabula, he apparently wished to keep his grip on undated editions that could either date from the fifteenth or the sixteenth century. With a wide margin he also included dated sixteenth-century editions until 1540.
The KB owns copies of 1000 of the more than 4500 editions printed in the Low Countries, the present Netherlands and Belgium. This collection constituted the starting point for the Hague publisher, bookseller and antiquarian bookseller Wouter Nijhoff, who in the late nineteenth century put forward the plan for a supplement to Campbell's Annales: a Dutch bibliography for the period 1500-1540. Owing to the cooperation and, afterwards, continuation by M.E. Kronenberg this was to become a standard work. At the KB it was decided not to compile a separate catalogue of the Dutch post-incunabula. The early acquisitions and the provenance of the Dutch post-incunabula have not yet been studied systematically. It is likely that in part they correspond with those of the incunabula.
The KB owns approximately 2500 post-incunabula printed abroad. More than a century after librarian Holtrop had placed this category separately, ordered according to country and printer, curator R. Pennink, after her retirement, was given the opportunity to describe this collection on the basis of a handwritten card catalogue, for a catalogue that was published in 1955. Apart from titles she also gives bibliographical references, shelf-marks as well as provenances (insofar as they can be found in the books themselves), but no details about acquisition.
- W. Nijhoff & M.E. Kronenberg. Nederlandsche bibliographie van 1500 tot 1540. 's-Gravenhage 1923-1971.
- W. Nijhoff. L'art typographique dans les Pays-Bas pendant les années 1500 à 1540. La Haye 1926-1935.
- R. Pennink. Catalogus der niet-Nederlandse drukken 1500-1540 aanwezig in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek 's-Gravenhage. 's-Gravenhage 1955.