ANTIQUE BIBLES AND BOOKS
Dutch antiquities are
exhibited in the Dutch Museum Saba in Windwardside
Visiting hours: every day from 11 am - 5 pm
and also at other times on request by phone (+599-4169423 / +599-4166030) or EMAIL
No more than 6 visitors at a time.
After having presented the antique Dutch tiles from 1600-1800 with biblical and other
also 7 bibles and 44 books in parchment and leather from
between 1640 and 1777 are exhibited.
The complete list of titles can be found here here with links to images.
This list has been completed up to 1900 plus a list of replica. A foretaste of title pages can be seen here
+599-4169423 / +599-4166030 or EMAIL
Bibles and cultural history
with many engravings: a first example is a very large bible from 1748
of which the engravings by Johannes Luyken can be seen through this LINK
plus other engravings d.d. 1733 from the Old Testament LINK and from the New Testament LINK
and an example of a non religious book from 1694
with engravings and poems of 100 professions and other human activities
to be seen already by using this LINK
A German book from 1773 about cultures all over the world;
Just images of part I are scanned and can be seen here
also about the Amerindians of the Caribbean isles
etc. etc. etc.
A powerpoint presentation shows miniatures made by medieval Dutch
artists the brothers Limburg
in Les Belles Heures (1409)
and Très Riches Heures
both collected by Jean, Duc de Berry (1416)
and miniatures made by Hugo van der
Goes (in 1470 – 1480)
and others which are collected in the Grimani Breviari.
religious books are called Books of Hours.
Replicas of these and other Books of Hours are to be seen as well
A very small one has been scanned an can be viewed at this link, but there are several others
And of course special attention to Christmas
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A personal note
The collection has been made by an extraordinary woman:
Caderius van Veen (1912- 1994).
First she was assistant pharmacist. One of her
actions that she never spoke about,
was her collecting of wounded and dead
bodies at the Grebbeberg in 1940
when the Hitler troops had attacked the Dutch
After 1943 she had studied in Boskoop and had got a gardeners
but in 1944 the family, that lived near the bridge over the river the
Rhine, had to evacuate to Friesland.
There she started to collect antiquities
– tiles with biblical scenes and - mainly religious - books.
member of two churches: the Baptist and the Remonstrant church.
evacuation she studied botany and became an analyst at what is now University
and at the same time she studied biology and after Wageningen she
at the veterinarian faculty of University Utrecht and at the
renown research institute TNO.
When she retired, she started to study Greek
and Hebrew because she wanted to discuss with theologians
translations and the meaning of the original texts of the bible. She travelled to
Egypt, to Israel, to Jordany and St Petersburg in those years that her mother
allowed her to do so.
For her private life at home was actually a hell.
The feeling of moral obligations related to religion had her in a
hostage on one hand and religion was an escape out of the hell on the other
These exhibitions of her collections are also meant to remind and to
René Caderius van Veen