One of the rarest and most
valuable books in the Special Collections department is the unique 'Tulip Book' dating
from 1637, by the nurseryman P. Cos of Haarlem. Read more about this
'Tulip Book' or click on the image to
leaf through the electronic version.
This picture of a
cow, a 'Vaalbonte Walcherse Melkkoe' comes from a collection of
drawings and watercolors of cattle by A.H. Bakhuijzen (1861-1869).
In commodorum ruralium, 1490
The oldest book in the department is Petrus Crescentius' 'In
commodorum ruralium', published in 1490. Orginally a 13th century
manuscript, the text was found important enough that it was
printed so early after the invention of bookprinting even in
Map of the Republic of the Seven United Provinces, ± 1700
A fine example from the collection of maps held by the department is this
map of the republic of the seven united provinces, drawn by Casper
Specht around the year 1700.
Germany's insects, ± 1800
A collection of about 3,000 small handcoloured prints of all German insects
known around 1800. The series was set up by Georg Wolgang Franz Panzer (1735-1829) and Jakob Sturm (1771-1848) from 1793 till 1809 as Faunae
insectorum Germanicae initia = Deutschlands insecten in 109 small volumes with 2640 plates. We also have
an additional box of over 500 plates, partly from the second series (1823-1844) of 81 volumes by C. Geyer.