Books and manuscripts
The Special Collections are home to the most diverse old and unique printed books and manuscripts.
The genres vary from accounts of travels, bibles and books on theology, literature, medicine and botany, to works on gastronomy and music, for example. Via the Special Collections’ Books and Manuscripts image database, the rich Amsterdam collections can be viewed and consulted worldwide. The collections currently include a selection from the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, in addition to the manuscript of the celebrated novel Max Havelaar by Multatuli.