This album amicorum by Jacoba Cornelia Bolten (1805-1843) is a typical example of a women's album from the 19th century: a small box in book form in which verses and wishes in Dutch, French and German are written on loose leaves by family members and acquaintances. In addition, the album often contains examples of home crafts: embroideries, needlesticks, drawings, watercolors, hairpieces, band braids and whatnot.
Signature: KB KW 79 L 40
In this album amicorum of the Hague druggist and man of letters Samuel Johannes van den Bergh (1814-1868) we find texts by great Dutch men of letters. Think of Tollens, Wilthuys, Hofdijk and Immerzeel, but also the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. It is a fine example of a friendship book from the 19th century.
Signature: KB KW 133 M 117
How to be a Dutchie was made in Amsterdam around 1950 by the unknown writer couple Willy & Luc. The richly illustrated booklet describes the curious mores and habits of the Dutch in a comical manner.
Signature: KB KW 79 H 47
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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