The collection: manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books and special editions from later periods, with a focus on Middle Dutch and the works of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poets.
Size: c. 3500 printed works, c. 50 manuscripts and 2.4 metres of documents
Access: the items are recorded in the KB Catalogue. As a collection, they have been described in the Verslag van de aanwinsten der Koninklijke Bibliotheek gedurende het jaar 1870.
More information: Ad Leerintveld 070-3140320.
De togt van Heemskerk naar Gibraltar (in 1607). [Leiden] 1837. Shelfnumber 77 J 66
Ch. Rochussen. Design of the engraving for the title page of A. Bogaers. Gedichten. Haarlem 1859. Pendrawing, 12,7x9,5 cm. Shelfnumber 72 E 48, nr. 34
The collection includes literary and linguistic books, theological, phiolosophical and legal manuscripts and printed works, travel journals and studies in the fields of medicine, physics and art. Among them are nearly 50 medieval manuscripts, but also nineteenth-century works of plates. The collection comprises manuscripts, proofs and revisions of Bogaers’ own poetical works, of which De togt van Heemskerk naar Gibraltar is the best known. It also includes philological and linguistics notes, such as glosses to Middle Dutch works and copies of Jacob van Maerlant’s Der Naturen Bloeme.
The collection was brought together by the lawyer and man of letters Adriaan Bogaers (1795-1870) and was given to the KB in by his daughter. After Bogaers’ death, the KB’s librarian M.F.A.G. Campbell was given the opportunity to choose freely from the more than 10,000 volumes in bookbindings commissioned by Bogaers. A second bequest followed in 1895, when Bogaers’ son-in-law, T.A. Klinkhamer donated (among others) Bogaers’ own work. The 1895 bequest also included an important collection of works by the poet H.F. Tollens Cz.
Relationship with other collections
The remaining 6,000 volumes from Bogaers’ library were given to the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet in 1870. They were lost in the Rotterdam blitz in May 1940.
- 'Geschenk van Mejufvrouw J.M. Bogaers te Rotterdam', in: Verslag van de aanwinsten der Koninklijke Bibliotheek gedurende het jaar 1870. 's-Gravenhage, 1871, p. 1-135.
- J.G. Gleichman. Het leven van A. Bogaers (1795-1870). Amsterdam, 1875.
- Werken en handschriften van H. Tollens Cz. en Mr. A. Bogaers. 's-Gravenhage, 1896.
- Kees Thomassen, 'A. Bogaersjurist en letterkundige 1795-1870', in: Verzamelaars en verzamelingen. Koninklijke Bibliotheek 1798-1998. Zwolle, 1998, p. 108-112.