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Erasmus Week in Rotterdam

Starting on Friday October 26, Rotterdam celebrated the 552th birthday of its most famous child, Desiderius Erasmus. Among the celebrations were the Praise-Of-Folly Award Ceremony at City Hall and the Human Library Erasmus Special at Rotterdam Public Library. More information is available here (sorry, in Dutch only).

Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Henri Krop

In the Erasmus School of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam dr. Henri A. Krop has been appointed as endowed professor of Spinoza Studies, on behalf of the Vereniging Het Spinozahuis. On Friday September 21, 2018, he publicly accepted his appointment with his inaugural lecture entitled “Seized by Spinoza: Abraham Johannes Cuffeler’s plea for freedom of thought.”

Erasmus as a Serious Game

What would you do? How would you react if a friend were bullied on social media? Or if you heard that your Box Switch.jpgfriend’s mother were seriously ill? No matter how old you are, deciding how to respond can be hard. By playing SWITCH you’ll experience how you and your fellow players would respond to challenging situations.

In 2016, it’s been 550 years since Erasmus was born in Rotterdam and 500 years since he published his most important book. Good reasons for celebrating Erasmus and particularly his ideas. This is exactly what SWITCH does. Erasmus writes about language, behaviour and religion. His books are about people. He wants to educate people, ideally through play and humour. How can people live together without violence and be happy? According to Erasmus, it is essential that people start, and keep, talking to each other in order to gain empathy, understanding and respect. SWITCH wants to put this into practice. It is a (non-digital) game you play together. SWITCH gives you the chance to see things from other people’s perspective and imagine what you would do if you were in their shoes. Every time you play, the outcome will be different, interesting and surprising.

SWITCH was realised by Rotterdam Public Library and Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is intended for children at the age of 10–15. SWITCH was developed and produced by Playspace Rotterdam. Initial game concepts were designed by second-year students Gamification at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (WDKA/HR) supervised by Bruno Setola and Kimberley Spreeuwenberg. All concepts were tested for several weeks at two primary schools (De Kralingsche School in Rotterdam and Het College Vos in Vlaardingen) and a high school (OSG Hugo de Groot in Rotterdam). Winning game concept by students Amy Marks, Nikki de Pree, Myrthe van der Kleij, and Matej Moravec.

Want to buy SWITCH? E-mail us at: erasmusexperience [at] bibliotheek [dot] rotterdam [dot] nl

New Acquisitions

In 2017, Rotterdam Public Library acquired several interesting additions to its already special collection of books by, or about, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536). Here are some examples:

Nouum Testamentum omne: tertio iam ac diligentius ab Erasmo Roterodamo recognitum ... Addita sunt in singulas apostolorum epistolas argumenta per Erasmum Rot. (Basel: Pamphilius Gengenbach, August 27, 1522). Containing skillfully colored illustrations. This is the only copy publicly owned in the Netherlands, and one of a mere four publicly owned copies worldwide. Since 1937 Rotterdam Public Library already had a copy which lacked the title page.

Erasmus, Enchiridion militis Christiani, saluberrimis præceptis refertum, cui acceßit noua, mireque utilis præfatio (Cologne: Johannes Soter, May 1523). Enige exemplaar in Nederland. Only copy publicly owned in the Netherlands, and one of eight publicly owned copies worldwide.

Novvm Testamentvm Graece et Latine, diligentia Des. Erasmi Roterod. emendatißimum, et iam denuo ad multa exemplaria, tam impressa quam manuscripta, diligenter castigatum, et editum. Adiecta svnt argvmenta eiusdem una cum marginalibus concordantiis (Basel: Nikolaus Brylinger, March 1544). Only copy in the Netherlands.

Η ΚΑΙΝΗ ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ. Novvm Testamentum Græce & Latine (Paris: Hieronymus & Dionysius de Marnef, 1549). Incomplete copy containing only the Gospels, Acts, and the Peregrinatio Petri et Pauli. Only copy in the Netherlands, and one of four copies known to exist worldwide. It concerns Erasmus's version including his Apologia, his dedication to Pope Leo X and the Pope's reply.

Vincent van Lérins, Pro catholicae fidei veritate et antiquitate, adversus prophanas omnium haereseon novationes libellus, iam primum editus. Determinatio facultatis theologiae in schola Parisiensi super quamplurimis assertionibus D. Erasmi Roterodami (Venice: Ad signum Spei, 1549). Also included is a letter by Erasmus in which he reacts to the Sorbonne's verdict (Allen ep. 1887).

Le liure de police hvmaine, contenant brieve description de plusieurs choses dignes de memoire. Extraict des grandz volumes de Francoys Patrice de Senes en Italie, euesque de Caiete, par maistre Gilles d’Aurigny, aduocat en Parlement: & traduict de Latin en Francoys, par maistre Iehan le Blond. Ensemble vn brief recueil du liure d’Erasme qu’il a composé de l’enseignement du prince Chrestien. Reueu & corrigé depuis les derniers impremez (Paris: Guillaume Thibout, 1553). Only copy in the Netherlands, and one of only three publicly owned copies in the world.

Erasmus, Adagiorvm chiliades tres, qvæ Ioannes Sartorivs in Batavicvm sermonem proprie ac eleganter conuertit, & breui ac perspicua interpretatione illustrauit (Antwerp: Jan van der Loe, 1561)

Erasmus, Adagiorvm chiliades qvatvor cvm sesquicenturia: magna cum diligentia, maturoque iudicio emendatæ & expurgatæ. Qvibvs adiectæ svnt Henrici Stephani Animaduersiones, suis quæque locis sparsim digestæ (Paris: Michael Sonnius & Pierre Chevillot, May 1579)

Christian Wurstisen, Bassler Chronick, darinn alles, was sich in Oberen Teutschen Landen, nicht nur in der Statt und Bistumbe Basel, von ihrem Ursprung her, nach Ordnung der Zeiten, in Kirchen und Welt händlen, biss in das gegenwirtige M. D. LXXX Jar, gedenckwirdigs zugetragen: Sonder auch der Eydtgnoschafft, Burgund, Elsass und Breissgow, als byligender Landtschafften, mit eingemischte Historische sachen, warhafftig beschrieben: sampt vieler Herrschafften und Geschlechtern Wapen und Stammbäumen (Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, 1580).