From the treasury
The oldest Frisian book and its unknown printer

The Freeska Landriucht (of (Oude) Druk)) is the first book that has been printed in the Frisian language. It is also the only printed work which is known within the Old-Frisian corpus of law texts, of which one copy is housed in Utrecht University Library under call number J oct 1112 rariora. The Freeska Landriucht as an object raises many questions, such as: why was this book made? Who commissioned it? Who was the printer? And where stood his press? How was this book made? Ever since the 18th-century researchers have been fascinated by the Freeska Landriucht and its printer. Despite the many publications about the book, a shroud of mystery surrounds this extraordinary printed work and its context. But there are times when the mist seems to dissolve…

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The map collection of a pioneering historian

The historical geographer Anton Albert Beekman (1854-1947) is known as one of the Dutch pioneers in the field of the history of cartography. In the multi-volume Geschiedkundige atlas van Nederland (1913-1938) (‘Historical atlas of the Netherlands’) for which Beekman himself drew maps and wrote several texts, he combined his enthusiasm for history, geography and cartography. The sources for this lifework and for many other publications were to be found in his expansive private library. In addition to books also maps were part of the collection. Utrecht University Library houses the map catalogue handwritten by Beekman. This catalogue offers a splendid insight into the composition of an early 20th-century private collection? And what was its significance from a historical-cartographic viewpoint?