2523 - 2639 MANUSCRIPTS, AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS
= "Many thanks for your kind letter re Oscar Slater case". In 1912, Conan Doyle had published The Case of Oscar Slater, a plea for pardon for this presumed pimp and gangster who was sentenced first to death and later to life imprisonment for the murdering of an old and wealthy woman in 1908. Proof of flaws in the prosecution eventually led to Slater's acquittal in 1928. Johanna de Stoppelaar was a journalist for the Amsterdam "Handelsblad".
- Occas. sl. yellowed/ dustsoiled.
= Containing i.a. 7 letters by the sculptress L.E. Beijerman to Henk Cornelder, in which she writes about their friendship and what motivates her in her work: "Het drukke en bezige [Amsterdam] stimuleert me altijd zoo enorm in mijn werk." She writes that her work keeps her occupied: "Je weet er is al zóó veel wat me noodzakelijk aan m'n werk bindt, dat ik er vrijwillig niet gemakkelijk uitga. [...] Ik ben alle dagen 's avonds naar mijn atelier gegaan om 10 uur, heb stof gemaakt, kolen gezeefd, en ben dan rustig in 't hoekje op de divan gaan slapen, om 's morgens [...] op te schrikken en de vlam in kachel te brengen." "Soms word ik 's nachts wakker en lig in 't donker met wijd open ogen naar m'n werk te kijken, 't is vreemd dat je werk je zo af kan nemen van iedereen." She also writes about her friends in Amsterdam: "Charley Toorop was vanmorgen nog even bij me: ze is als een rechte sterke boom - maar een wilde soort." Also containing various letters by G. Beijerman and G. Holdert, the wife of T. Holdert, the secretary of F. van Eeden; letters and sm. cards to Henk Cornelder from his friends Teun and Herman and other miscell. publications.
- Photos occas. faded/ wrinkled/ rubbed; captions occas. faded and hardly legible.
= Showing Rie Cramer and her friends, i.a. "tennisclub Arnhem", "de Dansclub", "de club op de hei", "bij de Fam. Otten te Ede", "Piet Otten" (Rie married Piet/ Peter Otten on 3 July 1913 - they divorced in November 1914), "de tennisclub in de boom te Wolfhezen".
AND a small stack of items by/ related to Rie Cramer: 2 ex libris by Rie for Piet Otten, a "Buenas Fiestas" linocut card by Rie (monogrammed in the board and signed in ballpoint; Cramer lived on Mallorca from ±1955 to 1971), 3 autograph picture postcards, all to P. Otten (1x signed "Rietje", ±1915, 1x from Rome (1914, unsigned), and 1x from Mallorca signed "R"), 2 snapshots of Rie and a few newspaper clippings, i.a. announcing her marriage to Otten and communicating her decease.
= Concerning the transfer of two fields in the parish of Empel just north of Den Bosch ("duo sibi contigua et altrinsecus coniuncta prata, magnitudinis circiter triginta octo mensurarum cuiter dictarum, hondt, in parochia de Empel, sita") between (brother Godefridus Metzers on behalf of?) the monastery of "Beata Marie semper virginis" at Corsendonk and the diocese of Den Bosch ("possederunt intercedente pretio quingentorum quinquaginta florenorum Carolinorum probate monite ac Silveducis recepto"), signed by Antonius van Beerghim and Paulus Schooff priors of the order of Saint Augustine in Brabant, Flanders, Hannonia and the Tractus Leodiensis.
- Contents occas. foxed (on written lvs. due to acidity of ink) and w. wormholes in upper and lower inner corners; waterstained in upper inner corner towards the end (blank lvs. only); pastedowns and endpapers decomposed round sides. Binding rubbed/ sl. worn along extremities; spine-ends sl. dam.; leather partly stained.
= Narrates of a miraculous small 'image' of the Holy Virgin made of ivory ("una sua imaginetta miraculosa sculpita in Avolio"), kept in the Monastero della Pietà in Palermo. It is said that the monastery obtained this 'image', in reality a statuette made in the image of the famous Madonna of Trapani, in the year 1600. From the beginning, the nuns venerated this statuette with great devotion. The text, written in at least five different hands, first tells of the boundless compassion of the Holy Virgin, and continues to list, in extensive detail, miracles, that is miraculous recoveries of people from diseases and indispositions, effected through this small portrait of the Virgin. The recovered sick were nuns of the monastery itself but also numerous lay people from the area. This manuscript is described by A. Mongitore in Palermo divoto di Maria Vergine (Palermo, 1719) as "un libro scritto a penna, che si conserva in detta Monastero; in cui la diligenza delle Religiose ebbe la cura di registrar l'orgine di questa Sacratissima Immagine con 42. miracoli, de' moltissimi, che senza numero operò la SS. Vergine" (a book written with the quill, which is kept in said monastery; in which the diligent nuns registered the origins of this most sacred portrait with 42 miracles, of very many more, which the Holy Virgin effected). A unique and very interesting source for the history of religious devotion and worship. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXI.
- Formerly folded; waterstains on folds. Without wax seal.
= Anna van Egmond, one of Lamoraal van Egmond and Sabina van Beieren's 12 children, entered the Cloister of the Poor Clares (Clarissen klooster) near Atrecht in 1588. She writes to her sister about how glad she was when "une femme ma dit, vous avoir vuez en bonne sancte illi at vict jour, jai sonaide de bon coeur, comme elle vous parat tesmoiner, de vous povoir voir, en son lieux, ce que jespere eung jour mariner, mais se pendant je crains que quelque innondation, me prive de se bonheur (...)." Also included is an 18th(?) century transcript of a letter by Charlotte de Bourbon to "Mesdamoiselles Mesdamoiselles d'Egmont" (2 leaves, recto and verso, 3p.).
- Upper hinge weak. Binding worn along extremities and leather dried.
= Fine source for comparing and identifying autographs. No copy traced.
= "Com.on [Commandation] de Capp.ne d'une comp.e de Grenadiers de nouvelle levée dans le régiment d'Inf.rie de la Royne pour le Sr de Grompré". SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXIV.
- Formerly folded twice; trifle stained in margins.
= "Dear Dr. de Stoppelaar, Lou Andreas Salome's book "Lebensrückblick" was edited by Pfeiffer and published 1951 by the Insel Verlag, Max Niehaus, Zürich. Yours Sincerely Annafreud".
AND 1 other short autograph signed letter by the same and to the same (a Dutch journalist), thanking for the latter's letter of congratulation (15 Jan. 1967).
- Some lvs. (partly) torn out or dam. Soiled/ thumbed. Binding dam. Sold w.a.f.
= Interesting cookery book, written in German (Sütterlin), apparently in one hand. With contemp. owner's entry on upper pastedown: "Dieses Kochbuch gehört Katherine Barbara Nägele in Neckarweihingen 1846. geboren den 21 Januar 1825".
- Cut sl. short, affecting the contemp. manuscript page numbers. Apparently a section from a larger manuscript: pagination ends w. "114".
= Nicely executed drawings, beginning with the name of "Jacob Roerom. trout Beatrix in een wiege behouden, Anno 1421". Later names i.a. "Maria Elisabet de Haas. trout den 17 Januari 1712. Hartman de Custer", "Elisabeth van Gogh. trout Jan Sijx", "Catharina van Gouthouven, Frans dr. trout Jan Stoop, Dirksz." and "Grietje vander Aa, Claes dr. trout Heijman vander Mast. hertrout Jacob vander Meer." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.
- Bookplate and sm. ticket on upper pastedown. Bookplate of "Familie-Archief van Beresteyn" on frontcover; a few worn spots on covers; binding sl. rubbed along extremities.
= "Den 28 november 1765 / Ben ik Dirk Daniel Roda met Elisabeth van Gelder te Zuijlen bij Uijtrecht in een besloote kerk getrouwt". This album appears to be a family chronicle of a branch of the Roorda family, originally of Frisian nobility. The earliest entry is dated "Anno 1578" reporting the birth of "mijn soon Aelbrecht". The different spelling of names is explained in the following transcript: "Fredrik Heronimus Roorda geboren en opgevoed in Vriesland heeft aangeteekent dat zijn groot vader is geweest Bavo Roorda en desselfs vader eene Roorda ging in zijn jeugt in Spaandsche Dienst, en trouwde eenige jaeren na dato met een Burger Dogter daer niets op te zeggen viel, dog seer teegens de sin en wil van zijne Famielje in Vriesland, schreeff zijne naam nae die tijt Roda is Collonel gestorven." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXIV.
= Duke Georg the Rich of Bayern-Landshut (Georg der Reiche) (1455-1503) created various foundations for the poor, i.a. in the city of Hilpoltstein. This is probably a contemporary copy of a covenant or muniment in which the various rules were laid down.
- Occas. waterstained/ soiled; several quires backstrip pasted over w. sellotape.
= Interesting document containing transcripts of ordinances, legal proceedings etc. related to the town of Marktbergel in Bavaria. The oldest part (dated "1595" but also quoting documents from the 1580s) was compiled by "Balthasar Widemann Berichtschribern zu Marckbergel in Francken". The document is divided in three parts: 1. "Fürstliche Mandata Bevelch und Beschaidt (...) 1595"; 2. "Von Ghesachen allerley Bevelch und Urtteil 1595"; 3. "Von Testamenten Codicillen (...) 1596".
= Letters i.a. written by/ addressed to: Ludwig von Gall and his wife Friederike von Gall (their daughter, Louise von Gall later became a well known writer and married Walther Schücking), Johann Helfrich von Müller (engineer, famous for his invention of the difference machine) and Caroline von Gall.
= Incl. notarial acts, personal correspondence, testimonials, wedding announcements, birth certificates, obituaries etc. The Weidemann family resided in Pattensen, Niedersachsen.
= Difficult to read manuscripts concerning the Von Thenen family.
- Vellum on some places dam. (i.a. with large horizontal tear in the middle); ink and gold paint corroded/ browned; rubbed/ flaked on several places, occas. affecting the image or text; browned and sl. soiled; probably laid down. Not inspected outside the frame.
= Impressive and skilfully executed genealogical tree with numerous side-branches, originally richly decorated with gold. At the bottom the tree consists of two separate branches, originating from Adolf van Nassau (1250-1298) and his wife Imagina van Isenburg-Limburg on the left and Lodewijk IV van Thüringen (1200-1227) and his wife Elisabeth van Hongarije on the right (both represented by finely executed drawings of the seated couples in medieval dress). The two branches are joined in the middle by the marriage of Jan V van Nassau-Dillenburg (1455-1516) to Elisabeth van Hessen-Marburg (1466-1523). The genealogical tree ends with Willem van Oranje-Nasssau, incorporating his coat of arms and those of his four wives and listing their children (without coat of arms). Concerning the rarity of this document, we may approvingly quote the 1918 catalogue mentioned below: "Document généalogique de grand importance, les arbres généalogiques de cette époque (fin du 16e siècle) sont de la dernière rareté."
Provenance: Jhr. J.F.L. Coenen van 's Gravesloot (Leyden), his sale: Amst., R.W.P. de Vries, 5-7 Nov. 1918, lot 10; hence by descent to the present owner. Exhibited: in the 'Gotische Zaal', The Hague 1880 (Catalogus der Tentoonstelling van voorwerpen betrekking hebbende op het Vorstelijk Stamhuis Oranje-Nassau, no. 2651).
= "van ons beiden en de kleine Juliana" (1981, photogr. of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard with their granddaughter Julian); "en ik hoop dat we elkaar daarin weer gauw eens weer ontmoeten!" (1982, photogr. of Juliana and Bernhard in Indonesia); "en heel veel kracht en liefde toegewenst" (1983, Juliana and Bernhard and their grandchildren).
AND a photograph by GUY DE CORAL of Juliana as a child, on the orig. printed mount.