Jeffrey van der Hoeven is department manager at the KB and an expert in the field of digital sustainability.
Making chic women's fashion yourself was very common in the 2nd half of the 19th century. This is evident from one of the most popular fashion magazines: De Bazar. In this 'magazine for beautiful needlework' you can see influences from the international fashion world. Mainly the French.
Signature: KW TM 0205
Aardige sprookjes (Pretty fairy tales) is a fairy tale book with 24 'joyful fables with beautiful pictures'. Think, for example, of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Booted Cat and The Snow Queen. In Aardige sprookjes you will also find folk tales, such as The Great Sausage and The Elephant and the Tailor. This picture book was published by Adolf Engel in Berlin. It dates from 1880-1889.
Signature: KW Ki 5105
Viervoudig schouwspel van wonderen (Fourfold spectacle of miracles) is a book by Jan van Call. It contains drawings of cities and landscapes. Van Call makes these drawings around 1700. He then travels along the Rhine, from Schafhaussen to Amsterdam. The drawings are printed in colour. It is one of the earliest experiments with printing in multiple colors.
Signature: KW 2211 B 24
Discover 2 picture books made by factories (fabrieksprentenboeken) about holidays from the beginning of the 20th century. In these types of picture books there is no publisher, no printer, no illustrator, no author and no year of publication. They are often issued in a large edition and produced cheaply. These 2 picture books are interesting because they are so rare. In addition, they give a picture of means of transport and ideas about holidays
Signatures: KW XKZ 0214 (Buiten! Waar de vogels fluiten) and KW XKZ 0213 (Hoera! Wij gaan op reis)
Dat heerlijke kerstfeest (That wonderful Christmas) does not mention an author, illustrator, publisher or printer. Originally the book was called O Weihnachtszeit - o sel'ge Zeit. There were also a French and an Italian version. We now know from research that the illustrations were made by Pauli Ebner (1873-1949). She was an Austrian illustrator of picture books and best known for her illustrations on picture postcards.
Signature: KW XKN 406
The Specilla circularia is a text about telescopes. The writer is the Amsterdam mayor Johannes Hudde. The work appeared in 1656 and was very innovative at the time. The printed text was missing for years. Until the book showed up at an auction. There the KB could buy it.
Signature: KW GW A108988 
Hansje in ‘t bessenland (Hansel in berry country) is the Dutch translation of a classic Swedish picture book from the beginning of the 20th century. In this picture book you will find verses and prints in Jugendstil style by Elsa Beskow. Johanna Wildvanck translated the text. The book is about Hansje, who searches for berries in the forest for his mother's birthday. With the help of the king of Bessenstein and the Redberry Woman and their children, he manages to fill his baskets and make his mother happy.
Signature: KW BJ Z0668