Myths, legends and fairy tales
The Maastricht University (UM) owns more than fifty fairy tale books from the end of the nineteenth to the beginnings of the twentieth century. They are often beautifully illustrated. And they are also invaluable as a source for research and education at our university.
Not only for children
Fairy tales are usually seen as stories for children, but that is not the case originally. They often have a dark side, which is also interesting for scientific education and research. What do they tell us about time spirit and social constellation? What can we learn about plot, character and structure from myth and fable? What is the psychological dimension of fairy tales? Analysing can enrich various aspects of our knowledge level.
Discover some of the finest works of art ever created
The fairy tale books are precious pieces in the UM’s Special Collections. All major authors are represented: Shakespeare, Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. The majority of these books is printed in English. Forty-eight are richly illustrated in Art Nouveau style.
Consult this extensive range of tales from the Golden Age of illustrations. Investigate the dark worlds of the occult to twisted fairy tales. Discover some of the finest works of art ever created for children’s literature.
You can also visit the University Library (Inner City Library) to have a look at the original books.
More information on how to request books from the closed stacks. .
The first collected edition of the works of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) with the famous woodcuts reproduced as copperplate engravings by Jan Wandelaar (1690-1759). Edited by Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738) and Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (1697-1770) and published in Leiden in 1725, this two-volume folio is dedicated to Charles V. According to Garrison-Morton “Boerhaave and Albinus had this edition published because Vesalius's works still had practical value for physicians early in the 18th century before the application of microscopy to anatomy.” Vesalius is commonly referred to as ‘the founder of modern human anatomy’ because he considered hands-on direct observation more important than teaching from reading classical texts, such as Galen.
Below you find the fully digitized copy of the Boerhaave-Albinus edition of Vesalius’s anatomical masterpiece.