Size: The collection stands at ca. 1 metre.
Access: A complete survey can be found in the shelf list at the Special Collections reading room; futhermore, the letters have been made accessible by means of an alphabetical file and the CEN.
More information: Paul van Capelleveen 070-3140331
In 1900, at an auction of the Beyers collection at M. Nijhoff in the Hague, the KB managed to get hold of a considerable collection of letters addressed to the publisher, bookseller and man of letters Joh. Immerzeel Jr. (1776-1841). In 1901 (Burgersdijk & Niermans, Leiden) and 1945 (auction of the Albert Verwey collection) important additions to the collection were acquired.
This publisher, who established his business in (successively) Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam, could not only boast a number of renowned authors in his publisher's list, but was also the owner and editor of the most influential nineteenth Century literary almanac, the Nederlandsche Muzen-almanak. It is mainly for this this reason that almost every person active in the field of literature at this period is represented in the collection with at least one letter. Apart from this, the collection contains various supplements, such as engraved portraits, poems sent for publication in the almanac, receipts, and other documents.
Among the writers, one comes across names such as: Willem Bilderdijk (243 letters, 1807-1829), Cornelis Loots (24 letters, 1820-1834), A.C.W. Staring (56 letters, 1820-1835) and, obviously, H.F. Tollens Cz. (234 letters, 1806-1834). The letters not only offer much biographical and literary information, but they also give a good impression of a nineteenth century publisher's company.
Besides this, the KB also owns a collection, acquired in 1897, of letters written to Immerzeel by Dutch artists, concerning the publication of the former's De levens en werken der Hollandsche em Vlaamsche kunstschilders, beeldhouwers, graveurs en bouwmeesters [...]. 3 dln. Amsterdam 1842-1843.
- B.P.M. Dongelmans. Johannes Immerzeel junior (1776-1841). Het bedrijf van een uitgever-boekhandelaar in de eerste helft van de negentiende eeuw. Amstelveen 1992.