When Dutch lawyer Menso died, at the age of 82, he left behind a valuable collection of about 15,000 books and 3,500 engravings.
Pan to the right over the collection .Mr Theonville looks at book.
Mr Theonville walks to the bookcase and gets a book.
" and the engravings.
Showcase with books.
Complete works of Father Cats.
Pan down over valuable books from library of French kings and Napoleon.
C.U. hand with Almanach Royal with the weapon of Contease d'Artois.
Goldprinted cover from 1610
Same as 7
Opening of Bible from 1583 printed with Plantijo.
Engraving of Maria Stuart and King William III
William III on horseback.
Engraving of Coornhart
Initials FHH p.t.o.
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Background: When Dutch lawyer Menso died, at the age of 82, he left behind a valuable collection of about 15,000 books and 3,500 engravings. He had spent the greater part of his life in getting together this wonderful collection. For decades he travelled the length and breadth of Europe seeking out rare specimens.
Some of his collection comes from the libraries of the French kings and Napoleon. There are editions with gold and embroidered covers. In one book is still to be found the same bookmarker as was there in the seventeenth century.
There is also the Almanach Royal with the coat of arms of La Contesse d'Artois, and also an exquisite gold printed cover dating from 1610 and printed in Rome.
In the collection is a Bible from the famous printer Platijino, printed in 1583, with parchment cover. Of particular interest for Holland is the complete works of the moralist Vader Cats (seventeenth century). In addition there are old engravings of Maria Stuart and William III (end of seventeenth century).
The engraving of King William III on horseback when he was ten years old is so rare that only three specimens are known to be in existence.
An engraving of Coornhart (Dutch port and theologian) has not been seen in an auction since 1923.
Mr Menso was blind when he died. Before he passed away he made sure that his collections would not fall into unworthy or unappreciative hands. He asked his friend, antique dealer Theonville from Utrecht, to see that the unique collection would be divided among people who would appreciate its true value.
Therefore only bonafide connoisseurs were admitted to the auction of the first part of the collection. There will be a second auction in the autumn.