Achterberg

History of the collection: The collection was acquired in 1989 as a gift of the widow of Gerrit Achterberg.
Size: The collection comprises approx. 100 pieces.
Accessibility: the books can be found in the KB Catalogue. They must be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.
More information: Arno Kuipers 070-3140561 and Paul van Capelleveen 070-3140331

Arie Jac. Dekker en Gerrit Achterberg, Zangen van twee twintigers (1924)

Arie Jac. Dekker en Gerrit Achterberg, Zangen van twee twintigers (1924)

Gerrit Achterberg. Sphinx. Met tekeningen van C.A. Bantzinger (1946)

Gerrit Achterberg. Sphinx. Met tekeningen van C.A. Bantzinger (1946)

Gerrit Achterberg, Cryptogamen (1946)

Gerrit Achterberg, Cryptogamen (1946)

Gerrit Achterberg, Kleine kaballistiek voor kinderen (1984)

Gerrit Achterberg, Kleine kaballistiek voor kinderen (1984)

Gerrit Achterberg, Voorbij de laatste stad (1955)

Gerrit Achterberg, Voorbij de laatste stad (1955)

Description of the collection

In 1989, Mrs C.J. Achterberg-van Baak, the widow of the poet Gerrit Achterberg (1905-1962) passed away. In her will she left to the Koninklijke Bibliotheek one copy of every edition of every book written by her late husband, which amounts to an almost complete collection of author's copies from one of the most important Dutch poets of the twentieth century. Besides the author's own works, the collection also contains books about Gerrit Achterberg as well as illustrated broadsheets and posters. The collection is in excellent condition. A few of the books contain inscriptions from the poet to his wife. Achterberg's debut volume, Zangen van twee twintigers, written with Arie Jac. Dekker in 1924, was not part of the Achterberg collection. However, this rare little book has since been acquired through the antiquarian book trade.

References

  • Wim Hazeu. Gerrit Achterberg: een biografie. Amsterdam : De Arbeiderspers, 1988, 717 p., [48] p. pl
  • Reinder Storm. 'Gerrit Achterberg in de vitrine'. In: KB Centraal 19 (1990) 7/8, p. 20-21.
  • 'Gerrit Achterberg'. In: Honderd hoogtepunten uit de Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Zwolle: Waanders, 1994, p. 200-201.