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Paul Valkema Blouw. Dutch Typography in the Sixteenth Century: The Collected Works of Paul Valkema Blouw

Paul Valkema Blouw. Dutch Typography in the Sixteenth Century: The Collected Works of Paul Valkema Blouw. Edited by Ton Croiset van Uchelen and Paul Dijstelberge. (Library of the Written Word 18; The Handpress World 12.) Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2013. xxii, 996p., ill. ISBN 9789004256545; ISSN 1874-834. US $353.00 (hardback).

“Bibliographical analysis can lead to results which range well beyond its original objective: the history of the book as a printed text and as the object of the book trade. […] It seems to me of some importance that this possibility should be more widely appreciated.” (113) With these words Paul Valkema Blouw (1916-2000), bibliographer, antiquarian book dealer and book historian, concluded a paper about a small Frisian chronicle in 1984. Working alone in the pre-digital age, using his meticulous analytical mind combined with a rare sensibility to the subtleties of sixteenth-century type design, he composed the Dutch national bibliography of books printed in the Northern Netherlands between 1540 and 1600.

Paul Begheyn, S. J. Jesuit Books in the Dutch Republic and its Generality Lands 1567-1773: A Bibliography

Paul Begheyn, S. J. Jesuit Books in the Dutch Republic and its Generality Lands 1567-1773: A Bibliography. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014. xvii, 454 p. ill. ISBN 9789004270602. €150.00 (hardcover).

Jesuit Books in the Dutch Republic and its Generality Lands delights in its thoroughness. In the opening lines of both the preface and the introduction, we are reminded that, for the last two decades, the author of this work, Paul Begheyn, has combed through Europe’s research libraries in search of hard bibliographical evidence of early-modern Jesuit book publishing. He has fleshed out our understanding of some fascinating volumes, made many new discoveries, and chased down extant copies of the most obscure texts.