Adriaan van der Willigen

Boeken / Reizen

Reis naar Napels

-Bestelnummer: PB-038-

Aanteekeningen op eene reize van Parijs naar Napels, door het Tirolsche, en van daar door Zwitserland en langs de Rhijn, terug naar Holland. Door Adriaan van der Willigen. met platen. (A trip from Paris to Napels, via Tirol, and from there through Switzerland and along the Rhine back to Holland (with plates) Te Haarlem bij A. Loosjes Pz. 1811 (Vol. 1) – 1813 (Vol.4)
Ter Drukkerije van G. Post, op de Marie Plaats te Utrecht, Litt. F. N˚. 319.
4 Volumes in 2 large 8Vo. Contemporary half calf, spine gilt with wine red title-labels. Edges somewhat vagued and claf of 4th edge of first vol. missing.Some light foxing inside but overall a very nice and copy. Very rare complete edition . Saalmink, p. 2187, lists 4 copies and, we found only one other in the trade. See also our copy of ‘Reize door Frankrijk in Gemeenzame Brieven’ by the same author in a similar 8Vo. Preffer to sell those two titles as a set…
Vol.1 269 pgs. ,1 engraved portrait of the author by Velyn after W. Hendriks. 4 fullpage engavings, Vol.2 292 pgs, 1 folded engraving of Naples by Visscher Bender after della Gatta. Vol.3 322 pgs. 5 fullpage engravings. Vol 4. 405 pgs. 4 full page engravings. (some browning/foxing in some plates).
Adriaan van der Willigen (1766, Rotterdam – 1841, Haarlem), was a Dutch writer of plays and traveloques who is mostly remembered today for his comprehensive list of painter biographies He was born in Rotterdam, but six months later his mother died and he was raised by her sister in Haarlem, where he learned to draw and enjoyed literature and theater. He later moved back to Rotterdam at age 16 to live with his strict Calvinist father, who did not allow him to attend the theater, and where he was set to work as a clerk in a merchant’s office. He became a follower of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and escaped his father’s house a year and a half later in 1785 to join the Dutch Republican Army, and was stationed along the Waal (river) in Nijmegen, Grave, and Venlo. There he was free to pursue his literary and theatrical interests, but when he was sent in 1787 to Den Bosch to quell the plundering there, he was disgusted by plundering troops. This made him less and less royalist and more and more in sympathy with the patriots. He was eventually dismissed in 1789, because of his increasing sympathy for the patriot movement. He first moved to Oss where he tried his hand at farming with modern agricultural techniques, and three years after a trip to Belgium, he settled in Tilburg where he became Drossaard (chief justice) in 1795. During the French occupation he became charged with the conscription of young men into the French army, and was embarrassed by requests from family and friends to protect their sons. He quit his position in 1802 and moved to Paris, where he became less and less enamored of the French patriots. In 1804 he made another long journey through France and in 1805 he travelled through Italy, Switzerland, and Germany on his way back to Haarlem, where he settled for good. He busied himself with his work on art, while continuing to plan trips, which he mostly made in the company of a friend or relative. Many of his traveloques were published. His writings show his political development, and illustrate how he went from being an Orangist to a Patriot, and then became an Orangist again. He felt strongly that Belgium and Holland belonged together and was heavily disappointed when Belgium seceded from the union in 1830.
He is best known today for writing a comprehensive list of artist biographies of artists living in the Netherlands, together with the author Roeland van Eynden. After he settled in Haarlem, Van der Willigen became a member of Teylers Tweede Genootschap and became friends with Van Eynden and the art curator of the collection there, Wybrand Hendriks, who painted his portrait. Van Eynden was also a member of the society and had won a gold medel in the category ’Drawing and Painting’ in 1781 on The National taste in drawing and painting. He was already working on the first book of the two volume set of painter biographies, which included painters not earlier mentioned in Karel van Mander, Arnold Houbraken, or Johan van Gool. Van der Willigen promptly entered the next Teylers Tweede Genootschap competition and won a gold medal in the same category in 1806 together with Pieter Kikkert, for their contribution on the Reasons for the small number of Dutch history painters. Van der Willigen proceeded to collaborate with Van der Eynden on his book and contributed the painters from the middle of the eighteenth century up to his own time.] There are over 1500 artists and collectors listed in the work.
Five of his autobiographical travelogues and diaries were compiled into an autobiography in 2010 by the city archivaris of North Brabant, Jan Sanders, and Lia van der Heijden. They were interviewed by the VPRO in 2010 and read parts of his original text in order to illustrate how accessible his autobiographical language is for modern speakers.[Jan Sanders also published another book from his memoires that specifically retraced Adriaan van der Willigen’s travels through Belgium. This book, that compares his experiences in 1792 (when the French entered Belgium) to his experiences on later travels in 1820 and 1827 (when Belgium was seceding from the Netherlands), forms an interesting historical document on Dutch-Belgian history, and was presented in Haarlem to the Belgian ambassador to the Netherlands, Frank Geerkens, in May 2011 (Source: Wikepedia)

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