From the treasury
A Booth abroad: the travel journals of Abraham Booth

In 1629 Abraham Booth, a young agent working for the Dutch East India Company (VOC), was sent to London as secretary to a delegation of company officials and Dutch ambassadors with the intention of setting about the release of three captured merchant ships. While there, Booth kept a detailed personal journal of his activities, which included equal amounts of work and play, as he frequently embarked on short and long trips around the country. Although he mostly remained in the vicinity of the capital, he also took part in several more extensive outings, including a tour around Cornwall. His journal, which survives in multiple parts, provides a unique insight into the way early modern England and its lively capital were experienced by a visitor from the Low Countries.

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A reader’s guide for women from 1795

As Salomo said: ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ and his words are met with approval in De Recensent voor Vrouwen (‘The Reviewer for Women’). These beautiful biblical words show great wisdom and I agree with them gladly, although there is something new: that we can read De Recensent voor Vrouwen again in the year 2015. Until recently the journal was untraceable (Jensen 2001, p. 41-45 and p. 246). However the other day, Paul Pestman, staff member of the catalogue department of Utrecht University Library, found this supposedly lost journal in a convolute.