Mishka Henner Dutch Landscapes, 2011 Archival pigment prints, variable dimensions Google Maps image capture of sites censored from surveillance photos due to sensitivity of national security issues in the Netherlands
Map of the Molluca Islands by Dutch Cartographer Wilem Blaeu, 1630.
The Mollucas (called Maluku in modern-day Indonesia) were the center of control for the Dutch East India Company and the greatest sources of spices sent back to Europe in the seventeenth century. Spices like nutmeg and pepper were so valuable in Europe that a series of wars convulsed the entire region as the British and French attempted to wrest control of the so-called “Spice Islands” from the Dutch. Eventually, the other European powers were able to break the Dutch monopoly by subterfuge. Both the British and the French organized schemes to smuggle seeds out of the Moluccas and to their own territories.
((Hong Kong during 1700s: By the end of 1699 it was a wasteland and then by 1711 it was governed by the Xin’an County and it was one of Imperial China’s military forefront. Only in 1800s that HongKong got his name officially on documents.
Australia during 1700s: during the 1600s a dutch explorer mapped the land & called it “New Holland” and around 1700s a british explorer called it “New South Wales” for GB.
Welp. Just researched all this shit. Sorry for mistakes.))
Two weeks ago muspeccoll tagged us in the book challenge, and what a challenge it was to just limit the list to only 10 books! In no order, here our some of our favorites. Images accompany all but two, since they have been used in past Facebook posts. We look forward to sharing more about these selections in the future, as well as sharing more of what we have!
Egyptian astronomer, mathematician, and geographer, Claudius Ptolemy (100-170 A.D.), was originally composed in Greek around 160 A.D., and contains the descriptions and locations of more than 8,000 places in the ancient world.
Special Collections has this 4th edition, published in 1552, by German cosmographer and scholar of Hebrew, Sebastian Münster (1489-1552), and printed by Heinrich Petri in Basle, which includes 27 fine double-page woodcut maps of the old world, and 27 of the new world.
2.) Euclid’s Elements of Geometrie, 1570
In about 300 B.C., Euclid wrote Elements, a mathematical and geometric treatise consisting of 13 books which is the world’s oldest continuously used mathematical text book. At Special Collections you can find the first edition of the first complete English translation published in 1570 by English merchant, Henry Billingsley. A special feature of this edition, are the pasted flaps of paper that can be folded up to produce three dimensional models, making it one of the oldest pop-up books.
3.) 15th century Book of Hours
The origin of this stunning work is the School of Jacques de Besancon in Paris, circa 1489-1490.
4.) Andreas Cellarius’ Harmonia Macrocosmica [Atlas of the Heavens], published in 1708.
Amazing collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (c. 1596 – 1665). All maps, engraved and hand-colored, depict the planispheres according to Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe.
5.) Hugues de Fouilloy’s De Claustro Animae et de Nove Benefitiis Religionis
From the mid-1400’s, this is our oldest book! Handwritten with black ink on parchment made from calf skin (vellum) and covered with the original boards, most likely oak.
6.) First edition of Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621
This just might be the most deluxe gilded binding that Special Collections owns!
7.) One of 120 complete sets of John James Audubon’s Birds of America
8.) Fragment from a 12th century missal
9.) Kelmscott Press, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, 1896. Limited to 425 copies.
10.) First edition of The Matthew Byble, 1537.
Thanks for asking us to take part muspeccoll, it was fun!