Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Liber Amicorum

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.

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