What became of the library of grand pensionary Johan de Witt (1625–1672)? With special reference to law books

What became of the library of grand pensionary Johan de Witt (1625–1672)? With special... THE LIBRARY OF GRAND PENSIONARY JOHAN DE WITT 151 WHAT BECAME OF THE LIBRARY OF GRAND PENSIONARY JOHAN DE WITT (1625–1672)? With special reference to law books b y G OVAERT C.J.J. VAN DEN B ERGH (Nijmegen) In 1984 I published two letters of Cornelis van Bijnkershoek concerning his acquisition of a Digest manuscript, and suggested that the library of one Janus Albinus, which was brought under the hammer in Dordrecht in Sep- tember and October 1696, and from which van Bijnkershoek bought the manuscript, had belonged to no one else than the late grand pensionary Johan de Witt 1 . The proof that Albinus was a pseudonym for de Witt 2 was readily accepted, but for the rest my hypothesis was severely criticised by J.A. Gruys 3 , who believed the library in question belonged to the son of the grand pensionary, Johan de Witt the younger (1662–1701; for convenience I will name him Johan II) 4 , who indeed is known as owner of a fabulous collection of books, manuscripts, coins, inscriptions, statues, bronzes and other remains from antiquity 5 . I do not believe, however, that Gruys’ argu- ments hold much water. I may have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Legal History Review / Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit Brill

What became of the library of grand pensionary Johan de Witt (1625–1672)? With special reference to law books

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Brill
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© 1998 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0040-7585
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1571-8190
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10.1163/15718199819682843
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THE LIBRARY OF GRAND PENSIONARY JOHAN DE WITT 151 WHAT BECAME OF THE LIBRARY OF GRAND PENSIONARY JOHAN DE WITT (1625–1672)? With special reference to law books b y G OVAERT C.J.J. VAN DEN B ERGH (Nijmegen) In 1984 I published two letters of Cornelis van Bijnkershoek concerning his acquisition of a Digest manuscript, and suggested that the library of one Janus Albinus, which was brought under the hammer in Dordrecht in Sep- tember and October 1696, and from which van Bijnkershoek bought the manuscript, had belonged to no one else than the late grand pensionary Johan de Witt 1 . The proof that Albinus was a pseudonym for de Witt 2 was readily accepted, but for the rest my hypothesis was severely criticised by J.A. Gruys 3 , who believed the library in question belonged to the son of the grand pensionary, Johan de Witt the younger (1662–1701; for convenience I will name him Johan II) 4 , who indeed is known as owner of a fabulous collection of books, manuscripts, coins, inscriptions, statues, bronzes and other remains from antiquity 5 . I do not believe, however, that Gruys’ argu- ments hold much water. I may have

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The Legal History Review / Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du DroitBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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