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30 Prinsessegracht
Den Haag, ZH, 2514 AP

Museum Meermanno | Huis van het boek (vroeger Meermanno-Westreenianum) is het oudste boekenmuseum ter wereld. Het is gevestigd in het voormalige woonhuis van de stichter van het museum Willem Hendrik Jacob baron van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848) aan de Prinsessegracht in Den Haag en richt zich op het geschreven en gedrukte boek in al zijn vormen, in heden en verleden. De ontwikkeling van de vormgeving van zowel oude als moderne boeken staat daarbij centraal.





‘Franca Treur and Olivia Ettema, five years of teamwork’

6 April - 16 June 2019

On 16 January 2014 a very short story by Franca Treur with the title ‘Voornemen’ appeared on the back page of the NRC. A man is so reluctant to get married that the officiating civil servant has to ask him to remove his rucksack for the ceremony. The story immediately attracted attention because of the illustration that the NRC asked artist Olivia Ettema to provide. A unique collaboration between Treur and Ettema was born. Many illustrated stories followed.


‘The exquisite binding. Art Nouveau books of Dijsselhof, Lion Cachet and Nieuwenhuis’

 22 March - 23 June 2019

Splendid books, artistry and craftsmanship

Introduce yourself to the splendid books, artistry, and craftsmanship of Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof, Carel Adolph Lion Cachet and Theo Nieuwenhuis. A must for all lovers of beautiful books and Art Nouveau.

Unique masterpieces

Among the works on display are a unique hand-coloured example of Kunst en samenleving by Dijsselhof and the portfolio cabinet by Nieuwenhuis. This was designed to hold the deluxe edition of the Rembrandt portfolio by Lion Cachet. He made this in 1898 on the occasion of the investiture of Princess Wilhelmina as queen. In addition there are many masterpieces from the collections of the Leiden University Library, Koninklijke Verzamelingen (Royal Collections), KB. Nederland (KB. National Library of the Netherlands) and the museum’s own collection.

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