Baroque Bookshop of the World | Netherlandish Prints from the 16th to 18th Centuries from Collection of the Research Library in Olomouc

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May 20 – September 13, 2015
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The Netherlands had a crucial position in the international book trade between the 16th and 18th centuries.  The freedom of the press, uncommon at that time, permitted the publication of books representing different theological, scientific and social views. The printing centres were in Antwerp, Leuven, Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam and Leiden. However, the term Dutch printing may be confusing because the majority of the books were not published in Dutch. Latin and French dominated while Dutch made up around ten percent of production.

The rich historical collections of the Research Library in Olomouc hold about four thousand Dutch prints from the time when the country was the "Baroque bookshop of the world". The reason for such a large collection is probably the fact that the Jesuits, who were to proselytize the Protestants to Catholicism in the Netherlands, prepared for their missions here during the papal seminar Collegium Nordicum. The Dutch prints from the library collection undoubtedly have a great historical and artistic value. The exhibits are also attractive in terms of their documented provenance in Olomouc and Moravian churches and libraries of the nobility. A large quantity are from the Jesuit University Library in Olomouc and other monastic libraries (Premonstratensians, Cistercians, Capuchins). The collection of the Olomouc chapter is also notable. Our goal is to acquaint you with the production of the major printing workshops in Dutch cities and outline the importance and role of prints in the Moravian Baroque libraries.

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Gerrit de Veer

VVaerachtighe Beschryvinghe Van drie seylagien/ ter werelt noyt soo vreemt ghehoort/ drie jaeren achter malcanderen deur de Hollandtsche ende Zeelandtsche schepen by noorden Noorweghe/ Moscovia ende Tartaria/ na de Coninckrijcken van Cathay end China, so mede vande opdoeninghe vande Weygats, Nova Sembla, en[de] van’t landt op de 80. grade[n]/ dat men acht Groenlandt te zijn/ daer noyt mensch gheweest is/ ende vande felle verscheurende Beyren ende ander Zee-monsters ende ondrachlijcke koude/ en[de] hoe op de laetste reyse tschip int ys beset is/ ende tvolck op 76. Graden op Nova Sembla een huijs ghetimmert/ ende 10. maenden haer aldaer onthouden hebben/ ende daer nae meer als 350. mylen met open cleyne schuyten over ende langs der Zee ghevaren. Alles met een seer grooten perijckel/ moyten/ ende ongeloofelijcke swaricheyt. Gedaen deur Gerrit de Veer van Amstelredam.
Amsterdam (Cornelis Claesz), 1598.

Anonymous after Willem van Swanenburg and Jan Cornelis Woudanus

View to the the Library of the University of Leiden, 17th century

Cornelis de Houtman

DIARIVM NAVTICVM Itineris Batavorum in Indiam orientálem, cursuum, tractuum, variorumque eventuum, qui ipsis contigerunt, diligenter descriptum. His accedunt, narratio Historica nationum, regionum, & civitatum, quas adnavigarunt: negotationes, monetae species, lucri accipiendi ratio, Aromatum natale solum, eorumque pretium. Lectu periucunda & utilissima. Describuntur & certa signa littoralia, regionumque situs & apparentiae, nautis scitu commodissima: quibus adiungitur explicatio praecipuarum dictionum Iavanicarum. Omnia Regionum tabulis, & figuris illustrata.
Arnhem (Ioannes Iansonius), 1596.

Gerardus Mercator

ATLAS MINOR Gerardi Mercatoris à Hondio plurimis aeneis tabulis auctus atque illustratus. 
Arnhem (Ioannes Ianßonius), 1671.

Gerardus Mercator

Map of Moravia, 1671, ATLAS MINOR Gerardi Mercatoris ...

Gerardus Mercator

ATLAS SIVE COSMOGRAPHICAE MEDITATIONES DE FABRICATA MVNDI ET FABRICATI FIGVRA. Primum à Gerardo Mercatore inchoatae, deindè a Iudoco Hondio Piae memoriae ad finem perductae. Iam verò multis in locis emendatae, et de novo in lucem editae. Editio decima.
Amsterdam (Henricus Hondius), 1628.

Sermones sensati

Gouda (Gerardus Leeu), 1482.

Johannes Amos Comenius

JOH[ANNIS] AMOS COMENI Eerste Deel. DER SCHOOL-GELEERTHEYD, genaemt HET PORTAEL: Inhoudende De Grondtveste der Dingen, enonser Wijsheydtomtrent de dingen/ als mede der Latijnschen Tael met de Moeder-tael; Nae de Wetten des laetsten Spraeck-weeghs, en met veel Beelden verlicht/ met verlof en goedvindge van den Schryver. PRIMA PARS SCHOLASTICAE ERUDITIONIS, dicta VESTIBULUM: Continens Fundamenta Rerum, & Nostrae Sapientiae circa res, ut & Latinae Linguae cum Vernacula; Juxta Leges novissimi Methodi, multisque iconibus illustratum, premisu & approbatione Authoris. Erster Teil. DER SCHUL-GELEHRTHEIT/ genannt DIE VORTUHRE: Welche begriffet Die Grunlage der Dinge/ und unserer Weisheit üm die dinge/ als auch der Lateinischen Sprache/ mit der Muttersprache; Zugerichtet Nach den Gesetzen der neuesten Lehrart/ und mit vielen Bildern erklähret/ auf zulaßung und billigung des Verfassers. à JACOBO REDINGERO & J. S. Atque nunc Germanicâ versione donatum operâ PHILIPPI CAESI à ZESEN.
Amsterdam ( Joannes Ravensteinius), 1673.

Stephanus Blancardus

ANATOMIA REFORMATA Sive Concinna Corporis Humani DISSECTIO, Ad Neotericorum mentem adornata, Plurimisque tabulis chalcographicis illustrata. Accedunt ejusdem Authoris de BALSAMATIONE, Nova Methodus, à Nemine antehac hoc modo descripta. 
Leiden (Apud Jordaanum Luchtmans, Cornelium Boutesteyn), 1687.

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