Joint Projects

Vrije Universiteit Library
Within the Library of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the department of Special and Historical Collections administers all manuscripts and printed works in all fields up to 1901 (although not yet all 19th-century editions), and part of the modern rare books. This represents a total of 70.000 items.

Amsterdam University Library/Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana
The basis for the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, Department of Judaica and Hebraica, Amsterdam University Library, was laid by Leeser Rosenthal (1794 - 1868). His remarkable collection of Judaica and Hebraica, regarded as the largest private library in this field, was donated by his son, the Amsterdam banker George Rosenthal, to the City of Amsterdam in 1880. Since then the 'Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana' has become one of the large European collections of its kind.

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica brings together manuscripts and printed works in the field of the Hermetic tradition, more specifically the 'Christian-Hermetic' tradition. Following the 'ad fontes' principle, the library tries to collect the oldest instances of works which fall within its sphere of interest, that is to say: manuscripts or first and early editions, without, however, ignoring subsequent written and printed sources. To date, the library holds more than 22.000 volumes: ca. 700 manuscripts (85 of which date before 1550), ca. 5.000 books printed before 1800 (305 of which are incunables, books printed before 1500) and ca. 17.000 books (primary and secondary sources) printed after 1800.