Allard Pierson event, Amsterdam 27-28 May 2024

The next Sammelband 15-16 project event will take place on 27-28 May 2024 in Amsterdam. The first day will be devoted to roundtables and presentations of ongoing research, whilst the second day will see the project inaugurate a new format: members on-site will offer in-depth analysis of specific aspects of Sammelbände selected from the holdings of the Allard Pierson, the heritage collections library of the University of Amsterdam.

The Rare Book reading room of the Allard Pierson in Amsterdam

These rich collections date back to the foundation of the university library in the early seventeenth century and have been enriched over the centuries by donations from learned societies and private individuals. They contain many objects of interest for analysis within the project. These include incunabula on philosophy from the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, medical titles, textbooks, and the library of Jacob Buyck, a Catholic theologian from Amsterdam who amassed over a thousand titles in the second half of the sixteenth century, which have been preserved in their original bindings. Katell Lavéant, curator of printed collections at the AP, and co-organiser of the event with Rozanne Versendaal (Utrecht University), will prepare a diverse selection of relevant cases.

Detail of an almanach used as binding waste, Allard Pierson, Amsterdam

Both days will be broadcast live via zoom, for the members of the network and for other interested students, researchers and librarians. Specific attention will initially be given to books and collections from the Low Countries as well as to new technical possibilities to study Sammelbände, and to the wider analysis of the materiality of these volumes on the second day.

More details to follow soon!

Cite this blog post
Malcolm Walsby (2024, March 18). Allard Pierson event, Amsterdam 27-28 May 2024. Sammelband15-16. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from

Malcolm Walsby

Professeur d'Histoire du livre, Enssib / Université de Lyon

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