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Densely annotated and richly illustrated: a famous herbal in Dutch translation

Den nieuwen herbarius is the Dutch version of a Renaissance herbal that marks an important step in the history of botany: De historia stirpium commentarii insignes (Notable commentaries on the history of plants), compiled by the German physician and botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566). There are two copies of Den nieuwen herbarius at Utrecht University Library, with shelfmarks ALV 162-459 and Rariora qu 236. The copy discussed here, ALV 162-459, contains extensive annotations in Dutch, German, and Low German. It even included samples of dried plants.

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The world according to De Bosatlas between 1877 and 1939

The highest point in the Netherlands? Mount Ubachs (‘Ubachsberg’) in the Dutch province of Limburg according to the first edition of De Bosatlas from 1877, that – together with all other prewar editions – can be admired now digitally. In the next edition of this Dutch school atlas the same mountain, which was then thought to be 240 metres high, was renamed Mount Krikelen (‘Krikelenberg’). For lack of accurate levelling Mount Krikelen would take the credit for a long time. Only in the 12th edition from 1896 Mount Vaals (‘Vaalserberg’) appeared in De Bosatlas, formerly estimated 200 metres high, now measuring over 300 metres!