The collection: An almost complete collection of the works of Edgar du Perron (1899-1940), many of them with annotations in his own hand.
Size: Ca. 190 volumes.
Access: The books can be found in the KB Catalogue. They may be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.
More information: Arno Kuipers 070-3140561 and Paul van Capelleveen 070-3140331
The works of Edgar Du Perron (1899-1940) reveal him to be a cosmopolitan author. He wrote the novel Het land van herkomst about the country he grew up in: the Dutch East Indies. Later, he lived in Gistoux (Belgium) and Paris, before moving back to the Dutch East Indies. At the end of his life, he lived at Bergen.
The collection comprises the first editions of Du Perron's works, including his masterpiece, Het land van herkomst, and the books illustrated by his friend Carel Willink. It largely consists of copies with handwritten notes by the author. In addition, there are many rare private press editions of Du Perron’s work, with a print run of no more than twenty or thirty copies. These include his pornographic texts.
In 1954, the Society of Friends of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek domated the Du Perron collection of the publisher A.A.M. Stols to the library. It included not only the novels, but a complete set of journals that Du Perron had edited or contributed to. Among them were Forum, Avontuur, and the ‘cahiers’ of De driehoek. Stols published many of Du Perron’s works between 1925 and 1946; in 1948 Stols published a bibliography of Du Perron’s works, largely based on Stols's own collection of 76 volumes (now in the KB). The collection is still being expanded with special copies and new editions.
- Marieke van Delft en Clemens de Wolf, 'E. du Perron', in: Vriendschap in vereniging. Den Haag, 1988, p. 112-114.
- 'Du Perron', in: Honderd hoogtepunten uit de Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Zwolle, 1994, p. 190-191.
- Reinder Storm en Kees Thomassen (samenst.), Gebiologeerd door zichzelf. Het literaire leven van H. Marsman & E. du Perron. Den Haag. 1999.