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06-29-2011, 12:37 PM
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Scanning through the many images may prove rewarding for someone...


06-29-2011, 02:15 PM
Has there been any further news on the Ritman Library's financial troubles? The last I read the government had relocated the pre-1800s books to the Royal Library.

06-29-2011, 02:43 PM
Personally, I haven't been following that issue.

Here is an entry, dated 11/20/10, from another forum:

Dear all,
The world's best collection of hermetic literature, situated in Amsterdam, is in danger of being dissolved through the current actions of the recently-elected right wing government of the Netherlands and the Frisian Bank. Since the library contains a wide selection of books on alchemy, I thought this would be of interest to the group.
If the dissolution of this library troubles you, I hope you will look at the library's website (ritmanlibrary.nl) to see what it offers, and then take action to voice your concern.
The library, until this moment, has been open to the public AT NO COST. The dispersal of its volumes will make the study of this material more difficult, as they may very well enter into the hands of private collectors who may not be so committed to making the works available.

Looking over their homepage, I don't see any indication of a crisis. Perhaps, by now, it's all been resolved.