What is it about?

The Hezog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany holds a unique auction catalogue of books to be sold in 1668 from the library of the deceased Dutch, 17th-century writing-master Johannes Heuvelman. Who was this man? Why did he have so many books of music? And why did a writing-master possess a library of a size usually reserved for scholars? In this article I bring to the fore the contours of this 'extraordinary writing and schoolmaster' and his Lebenswelt.

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Why is it important?

This article addresses the only known auction catalogue of the library of a Dutch, 17th-century writing-master. Johannes Heuvelman stood at the end of an illustrious line of writing-master of the 'Golden Age of Calligraphy,' and as such, his library tells us much about the practices and influences of writing-masters throughout the Dutch 17th Century.


Writing this article at, and in cooperation with, the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel was a great experience. Diving into the life of a heretofore unknown writing-master of the 17th century and uncovering more and more parts of his life was a wonderful quest sometimes bordering on the magical.

Dr Meindert Ewout Peters
University of Oxford

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This page is a summary of: ‘Trekt Heuvelman voor ons gezicht?’, Quaerendo, December 2016, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15700690-12341361.
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