Slide 6 of 14
In 1854 Georg Asher, son of a Berlin book trader in service of Frederik Muller (an Amsterdam book trader) got the first part of his bibliography published. He called it: A Bibliographical and Historical Essay on the Dutch Books and Pamphlets relating to New Netherland and to the Dutch West-India Company and to its possessions in Brazil /Angola etc. as also on the Maps, Charts, etc. of New Netherland. The first twenty titles of his bibliography were set apart from the rest.
We took these "descriptions of New Netherlands" as the starting-point for our project. The books were primarely printed in the seventeenth century. In sixteen cases the language used was Dutch. There were two German texts, one Latin and one French. The printing type in most of the books was gothic (black-letter).