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The composition of a fifteenth-century aristocratic library in Breda: the books of John IV of Nassau and Mary van Loon1

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The composition of the library of John IV of Nassau (1410-75) and his wife Mary van Loon (1424-1502) has been reconstructed on the basis of data from a fifteenth-century book list, surviving manuscripts and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century catalogues. The collection was possibly made up of at least 29 volumes which in the main dealt with devotion and catechesis. In contrast to their son Engelbert II whose collection of books manifests a pronounced Burgundian taste, John and Mary specialised in collecting rather plainly executed manuscripts with both Dutch and German texts.


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