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In the children's book Koddige avonturen van den vos en den ooievaar (The droll adventures of the fox and the stork) children learn how to deal with each other. The last sentence of the book is 'What you do not want to happen to you, do not do to others!' and that is not a coincidence. The book was published in 1859 by Gebroeders Van der Post.
Signature: KW Ki 3230
Wat is er op de kermis te zien? (What is there to see at the fair?) is a rare picture book from the 19th century. It contains 16 coloured pictures about the funfair. These pictures take up a whole page. It is actually 2 books in one. At the back, you will find a unique sequel. This is called Nog iets van de kermis in prentverbeeldingen (Another thing about the funfair in prints).
Signature: KW 1088 E 30
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What was written in 17th century newspapers? We now know thanks to a collaboration between the KB and the Dutch Language Institute.
The Egmond Gospels are a parchment book from the 9th century. It is famous because it contains a picture of Count Dirk and Countess Hildegard of 'Holland'. They had this picture put in around the year 975. More than 1000 years later, Dirk and Hildegard are the oldest Dutch people of whom a picture exists.
Signature: KW 76 F 1
The Atlas of the Amsterdam merchant Dirk van der Hagen contains more than 400 maps and prints from all parts of the world. It is an atlas factice. That means that the atlas is compiled from maps, prints, engravings and other material.
Signature: KW 1049 B 10 [-13]
Willem Silvius (ca. 1520-1580) was a writing master. Writing masters mastered the art of fine writing, calligraphy. They often kept a book in which they showed their writing styles. Clients who wanted to have a text written could thus assess the skills of the writing master and choose a writing style. This was also the case with Willem Silvius. His writing book has an oblong format with 49 parchment pages. Silvius probably made it while working as a writing master in Leuven (1550-1558).
Signature: 129 F 2