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.You need a UMcard or a Library visitor card for entrance.
Explore images from our travel treasures and see how we encountered the other in former times.
This collection includes many lavishly illustrated travel books, most of which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The travel books bear witness of the broad interests and the highly international orientation of the Jesuits. The books do not only address Catholic missionary zeal, but deal also with trade missions and scientific expeditions. The hybrid genre of Western travel writing is interesting because it potentially covers a multitude of subjects: (natural) history, religion, geography, economy, natural science, ethnography, anthropology and so on. The books are full of stories of encounters with the ‘other,’ thus touching on issues related to the interplay of ‘other’ and ‘own’ identities, of cultural differences and similarities. Travel descriptions do not only provide insight into other peoples and cultures, but also have much to say about the person who writes about them, notably his or her perspective, norms and values.
(Homburg, E., & Klijn, A. (Eds.). (2014). Encountering 'the other' : Travel books on north-america, japan and china from the maastricht jesuit library, 1500-1900 (Marble research papers, edition 2014, volume vi). Maastricht: Maastricht University.
These travel books are indicative of not only the cultures explored by the travellers, but also the cultures of the travellers themselves. This point of comparison has generated much interest and has been the focus of different Maastricht University activities, such as the MaRBLe research project 'On Expedition' and a study trip through China where students retraced the steps of missionaries described in 17th century Jesuit travelogues. Travel into the unknown and explore images from our travel treasures. See how we encountered the other in former times.
Digitale versie van de oorspronkelijke handgeschreven catalogus van de 'voorganger' van de Jezuïetencollectie uit 1733 (Catalogus Librorum Bibliotheca Collegii Trajectensis ad Mosam Societas Jesu). Dit handschrift bevindt zich in het depot bij het Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg in Maastricht (Sint Pieterstraat 7). Daarnaast de digitale versie van de originele overdrachtsakte van het jezuïetenklooster en de –bibliotheek uit 1973. De akte bevat informatie over de overdracht van het klooster met aanhorigheden aan de Tongersestraat 53 in Maastricht inclusief de boeken en tijdschriften.
A special division of the inheritance collection at the Maastricht University Library is the personal collection of the Maastricht poet Pierre Kemp (1886-1967), loaned to the library in 1994 by the Pierre Kemp Foundation.
The collection includes fairytales, myths, legends, art history, music, children’s toys, poetry collections and anthologies. Many of his books also have museological value because of the margin notes and because the poet himself ordered that they be covered in specially coloured flypaper. In the library catalogue, you can select to browse the Kemp collection separately via LibSearch.
This collection is not available for loan. You can consult all of the documents in the precious works study room at the inner city location.