The Archives of the late Paul Valkema Blouw

In 2017 the complete collection of annotated photocopies, collected by Paul Blouw for his personal use during his long career as an independent scholar, will be published as a companion to his Collected Works: his Essays and his magnum opus Typographia Batava – the most important publications on printing in the Low Countries in the 16th century.

Many if not most 16th century Dutch books and pamphlets were published without the name of the printer or publisher. Blouw spent more than 30 years to trace all of them. To be able to do this – in pre-computer days – he build an archive of typographical material, almost all of them annotated. It contains more than 15.000 photocopies  of pages of rare books.

Although his monumental bibliography will probably never be superseded, he loved his many articles more, about writers such as Hendrick Niclaes, Menno Simonsz and their printers.



Anonymous: Printer B.L.?

Barent Adriaensz

Nicolaes Biestkens van Diest

Nicolaes Biestkens the Younger

Herman de Buck

Willem Jansz van Campen

Michiel Chierat

Cornelis Claesz

Simon Corver

Jan Hendricksz

Gerard Ketel

Steven Mierdmans

Gilles van den Rade

Widow Christoffel II van Ruremunde

Hans II van Ruremunde

Hans Wolff

Age Wybes

Jan Zas Hoensz


Barent Adriaensz 1588-1612

Broer and Jan Appelaer 1662-1705

Widow Pieter Arentsz

Daniel Baccamude 1661-1685

Willem Jansz Blaeu

Joan I Blaeu 1632-1673

Joan and Cornelis Blaeu 1677-1703

Pieter Blaeu

Dirck and Hendrik Boom 1657-1709

Hendrick and Johannes Boom

Cornelis van Breughel

Cornelis de Bruyn

Cornelis Claesz

Christoffel Cunradus

Andries van Damme

Francois Halma

Hendrik Harmensz 1672-1698

Jacob Jacobsz 1693-1695

Joannes Janssonius van Waesberge

Broer Jansz 1603-1652

Jan de Jonge 1660

Jacob Lescailje 1644-1680

Paulus Matthijsz

Barent Otz 1609-1631

Albert van Panhuysen 1672-1676

Israel de Paul

Sebastiaan Petzold

Gilles Joosten Saeghman

Gerrit Slaats 1691-1710

Pieter Visser

Henricus Wetstein 1676-1725

Baltus de Wild’

Abraham Wolfgang 1658-1694