Elzevier Collection

The collection

Over 700 books printed by members of the Elzevier family, 1598-1706, and approximately 450 books produced by other seventeenth-century Dutch presses. Its pride is the Poemata & effigies trium fratrum Belgarum Nicolai Grudii (1612), given by the editor, Bonaventura Vulcanius, to Hugo Grotius. The collection is noteworthy for its clutch of pirated French belles lettres.

 

The collector

Based on a collection sold to the Guildhall by H.A. (or H.K.?) Beaumont in 1900.

 

Acquisition

Given by the Guildhall Library, City of London, in 1950.

 

Access

Catalogued online 2002. For an overview of the collection, do a mixed classmark search on [Elzevier]. “[Elzevier] W.” brings up items which appear in A. Willems’s catalogue Les Elzevier, in Willems order; “[Elzevier] E.S.” brings up other imprints.

 

Select publications

Harskamp, Jakob, ‘When Leiden Meets London: The Background of the ULL’s Elzevier Collection’, FULLview, 21 (2002), 16-19.