If there is anything happening in the world, we are now immediately brought up-to-date. On Facebook and Twitter we like to vent our opinions on the events. But how did we look at our neighbouring countries in former times? The 17th century travel journals of Booth, now digitised, give us an idea.
The University Library does not only have physical special items in its collections; many of these items are also made available digitally. There is a now digital version of the travel journals of VOC officer Abraham Booth. The digitised travel diary is accessible to everyone.
Having trouble reading the 17th century handwriting? There is also a legible transcription (in Dutch only) provided with an extensive introduction.
In 1629-1630 Abraham Booth, a young agent working for the Dutch East India Company (VOC), took part in a diplomatic mission to England. He kept a lively diary of this period in which he described his experiences, outside his job as agent, in London as well as on his many trips around the country. In his writings he often made no secret of his opinions. After his death the manuscript came into the hands of his brother Cornelis, the first librarian of the recently founded University of Utrecht.