Herman de la Fontaine Verwey in 1965 (Foto: Frans Weehuizen) TON CROISET VAN UCHELEN Herman de la Fontaine Verwey, 1903-89 . INTRODUCTION With the death of Herman de la Fontaine Verwey at Amsterdam on 17 December 1989-a fortnight before his 86th birthday-a life which from early youth onward had been lived in the sphere of the book came to an end. For more than six decades, his impressive industry left its mark in the world of books and libraries in the Low Countries. His influence has been felt in all branches of this world and, it is generally expected, will continue to be felt for a considerable time to come. Although his physical condition had been gradually deteriorating ever since an unfortunate fall early in 1988, his indomitable willpower, his unceasing interest in the world about him and his great sense of humour seemed for a very long time capable of suppressing his bodily discomforts and of making the large number of those still keeping in constant touch with him oblivious to them. His sharp, inquisitive mind remained alert, his pro- verbial memory as retentive as ever, and as he carried on his cor- respondence, kept performing his
Quaerendo – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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