I'm guessing that Dutch historical romance novelist, Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint was an altogether wonderful person. So wonderful in fact that the cultural elite in Holland in the 1880s - writers, artists, politicians, clergy, scholars - contributed to a 600+ page liber amicorum ('friends book') that was presented to Bosboom-Toussaint in 1882 on the occasion of her 70th birthday. There are original musical scores, poetry, calligraphy, sketches, paintings; with the majority of pages containing written dedications and certificates of one sort or another.
The first ~10 web pages of the liber amicorum have the most artistic contributions and almost all of the book is online at the Regional Archive of Alkmaar in Northern Holland (large thumbnails). I saved the full pages above using the 'print' function and the other image details came from the zoom interface.
The information page in Dutch.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Posted by peacay at 9:25 a.m.