English blog corner


Welcome!

I am Perkamentus antiquarius. 'Perkamentus' because I like my old books bound in parchment/vellum (perkament), 'antiquarius' because I am an antiquarian. My blog is mainly about book hunting, my book collection and bibliophilia but sometimes I write about historical artifacts in my collection and cultural heritage.
After more than 200 blog posts in Dutch I thought it wise to take this blog to another – more international - level. According to my statistics there is a growing interest in my blog from people abroad who don’t read, write or understand Dutch. I guess not all came by accident. Probably few use Google translate and most are just paying a visit to see one or more of my bookish pictures.


Anyway, to accommodate more Bibliophiles around the world I have made this special English page. Here you can find links to the English pieces on my blog (whom all have been adopted by the ILAB library), some guest editorials I wrote in the past and my bookish pictures.

What’s in it for me? First of all I’ll like to improve my English language skills. English is my second language but nevertheless I’ll probably make lots of mistakes. So if you see or read something ‘stupid’ please let me know.
Secondly I hope for your bookish comments! Being a passionate bibliophile I am interested in your book adventures, experiences and expertise.

All friendly comments or questions here (or here: perkamentusblog@hotmail.com and Twitter: @perkamentusblog) are much appreciated and receive an answer.

Perkamentus antiquarius


PICTURES

For a list of my bookish pictures for 'Book Porn' look here!

GUEST EDITORIALS

For ‘The Private Library’ (L.D. Mitchell).

1. A Private Library in the Netherlands (A short introduction to my library and book collecting)
2. Serendipity and the Private Library (About one of my most awesome finds in a bookshop)
3. "Going Dutch" at the Private Library (The Netherlands and the Dutch according to others)

ILAB LIBRARY

So far all English pieces on my blog (see below) are adopted by the ILAB library, for a list look here!

ENGLISH PIECES ON MY BLOG

1. A square inch of art
Surprise, surprise!
Though I have written some ‘guest editorials’ in the past (look here!) this will be my first piece in English on my bookish blog Perkamentus. Let me first I apologise to my (few) Dutch readers who can’t read English! I promise to keep it short with almost no text and lots of illustrations. Continue reading...

2. Holy Ground
Ever been in Amsterdam?
As in every European city there is much to see. Beautiful old buildings, the historic canals (Amsterdam is one of the cities called ‘Venice of the North’!) lots of museums, history and art. For booklovers there are some great old book shops and flee-markets. People are friendly, and - guess what? - with few exceptions everybody speaks English too! Continue reading...

3. The Rembrandt connection
I have not been to the new Rijksmuseum yet.
I saw the documentary about its ten year renovation on television. I watched the opening ceremony on television too and I have heard from people who have been there that the museum is very beautiful. I am deliberately delaying my visit. Continue reading...
4. Being an 'Ai Sho Ka'
Do you buy books you cannot read?
I normally don’t. But this time I couldn’t help myself and paid almost two hundred fifty US dollars (€ 175,- euro) for three books in Kanji (logographic Chinese characters used in Japanese language) printed on very thin paper and traditionally bound in yellow embossed paper wrappers. Why? Continue reading...





5. Linguistic adventures
Some years ago I bought a copy of “Bizarre Books, a compendium of classic oddities” (New York, 2007).
Books like that are not only fun to read but also very useful as a reference when hunting for 'bizarre books'. Books with funny titles, obscure topics and unusual stories, especially the older ones make me curious and greedy. Most of them are hard to find though. Continue reading...