Book #1: an angry Brabander speaks

I have been collecting early printed books since 2014. On this website I wish to provide an overview of my collection, gradually curating a virtual reflection of my small library of rare books. Every fortnight I hope to post a brief description of an item, accompanied by a few pictures. Appropriately, the first item to be profiled here is the first rare book that I acquired, a short political pamphlet which claims to have been printed in Antwerp - but don’t trust everything that is stated on a title-page….

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MY FIRST RARE BOOK

In 1650 the Dutch Republic endured one of its worst constitutional crises, as Stadhouder William II of Orange besieged the city of Amsterdam in order to force the States of Holland to abandon its plans to disband thousands of soldiers in pay of the province. The conflict was accompanied by an outpouring of pamphlets, libels and songs for and against the Stadhouder. One of the most popular titles was the Hollands praatje, the “Hollandish Chat”, presented as a discussion between four individuals, including a Hollander, who convinces the others of the malicious intentions of the Stadhouder.

The Hollands praatje was printed using the imprint of Hieronymus (III) Verdussen in Antwerp, but the actual printer was in all likelihood the Rotterdam Remonstrant publisher Joannes Naeranus. The pamphlet was a commercial success; so much so that other printers began to issue their own variant versions. In this peculiar pamphlet, the original author protests to readers of the Hollands praatje that they should beware of inauthentic reprints, which are diluting the anti-Orangist message of the original pamphlet. This “Protest of the Brabander” is a typical example of the highly commercialised culture of political pamphleteering in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION

Protest van den Brabander aen de lesers van't Hollands praatje

Antwerpen, Hieronymus [III] Verdussen, 1650 [=Rotterdam: Joannes Naeranus?]

4to, A4, pp. 8

165004 - b1 A2 n$h : b2 A3 $D

USTC 1005494; Knuttel 6837; STCV 7071969

The USTC currently documents eight other copies