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Dutch/Flemish Catalogues

We acquire and make available selected primary and secondary publications in the humanities and social sciences at research level from the Dutch-speaking territories (including Frisian and Afrikaans).

Catalogues of British Library material

A general catalogue of material held by the Library is available called Explore the British Library

The British Library early Dutch/Flemish collections are recorded in:

Short title catalogue of books printed in the Netherlands and Belgium and of Dutch and Flemish books printed in other countries from 1470 to 1600 now in the British Museum (London, 1965)

Catalogue of books from the Low Countries 1601-1621, compiled by Anna E.C.Simoni (London, 1990).

All 17th century Dutch imprints held in the British Library (some 17,500) have now been recorded on the STCN (Short Title Catalogue Netherlands). This joint project with the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague is still in progress. At present (Autumn 2001), pre-1600 titles from the British Library's collection are being added. 18th century imprints will be added at a later date.

A wide ranging, subject-based catalogue is J. Harskamp's The Low Countries: a selective catalogue of reference works (PDF format). This catalogue will be extended and updated at regular intervals.

Other essential catalogues

A number of catalogues not specifically dealing with British Library material are essential for the study of the book history of the Low Countries:

Incunabula printed in the Low Countries, edited by G. van Thienen and J.Goldfinch. (Nieuwkoop, 1999).

Belgica Typographica 1541-1600, edited by E.Cockx-Indestege and G.Glorieux. (Nieuwkoop, 1968-1994).

Typographia Batava 1541-1600, edited by P.Valkema Blouw. (Nieuwkoop, 1998).

J.A.Gruys/C. de Wolf. Thesaurus 1473-1800. Nederlandse boekdrukkers en boekverkopers/Dutch printers and booksellers. (Nieuwkoop, 1989)

F. Vandeweghe/B.Op de Beeck Drukkersmerken uit de 15de en 16de eeuw binnen de grenzen van het huidige België. (Nieuwkoop,1993 – text in Dutch & French).

P. van Huisstede/J.P.J.Brandhorst. Dutch printer’s devices 15th-17th century. A catalogue. (Nieuwkoop, 1999)

Online sources

Essential online services are supplied by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague. To mention but a few: there are the Index to periodicals in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek containing information about articles in selected journals and magazines; the Catalogue of electronic reference works in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, containing information on electronic bibliographical reference works; a file of Electronic journals at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, offering access to the full text of electronic journals published by Elsevier Science and Kluwer Academic Press (password required); Poortman’s bibliography of Dutch philosophy, the online bibliography of philosophical publications in the Netherlands and Flanders. [For online subscriptions, consult the OCLC website.]

Other online sources include the following:

Ceneton (Census Nederlands toneel): description of manuscripts and printed editions of Dutch drama to 1803.


Dutch/Flemish Section
The British Library
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