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3D illustrations of British History: Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I

Antique wooden basrelief I Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I of England, after 1877

Two bas-reliefs elegantly framed have been exposed in our main room for a while. They were perking from one of the shelves, capturing the attention of everyone visiting the shop, was it for the antiques or for the wines. At a first glance they seem carved in ivory as the surface is rather shimmery and…

Sorrow and loss in occasional poems

[Occasional poem, 1796] Op den dood van Harriot Sowden, overleden den 7 october 1796, oud 3 jaaren. z.p. 8º: [4] p.

Sometimes poems provide us with incredible details. See for instance our occasional poem on the death of Harriot Sowden, 3 years old. On the moment of her death her mother was 8 months a widow, she was hit by a luggage cart broken loose at the flower market. Jacob Gotts managed to save two children…

Portrait of Abraham Velters (1603-1690)

Portrait of Abraham Velters (1603-1690)

We have recently described a beautiful portrait of Amsterdam merchant and art collector Abraham Velters. It is a remarkable copy after a painting by Jacob Adriaensz. Backer (1608-1651), last seen at Christie’s in 2012. The Rijksmuseum holds a copy of the marvellous portrait, but it’s much more clumsy and less neat than our watercolor. Find…

Oudejaarsdag 1790, dikke mist in Amsterdam

fog mist antiquariaat arine van der steur

Tientallen drenkelingen in de Amsterdamse grachten, zelfs een koets te water. In dit pamflet uit 1791 beginnen enkele bewoners aan de grachten een crowdfunding avant la lettre. Aangekondigd wordt dat er intekenlijsten in diverse grachtenpanden liggen voor diegenen die willen bijdragen aan het financieren van relingen. Kennelijk bleef het probleem bestaan. Het tweede pamflet in…

Rare book: The last days of Napoleon Bonaparte described by his physician Archibald Arnott


The Dutch version (dd 1823) of An account of the Last illness, Decease and Post Mortem appaerances of Napoleon Bonaparte by his physician Arnott who was with him when he died. Rare book with all the gory details! In Vaderlandsche letteroefeningen, jaargang 1823, gaf men reeds het volgende smeuïge commentaar:“Dat bonaparte wel zeker gestorven, en…

Handcoloured engravings by Jan Goeree on Amsterdam

Handcoloured engravings by Jan Goeree on Amsterdam

Recently, we added many handcoloured copper-engravings by Jan Goeree on the website. They are beautiful prints, on important historical buildings in Amsterdam. Good colours, relevant information on the prints, a real eye-catcher!   You can see all prints by Goeree by clicking this link: Jan Goeree overview


Heraldry Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur

Balistraat 81B, The Hague15.00-17.00 To accompany the presentation of our e-catalogue #40,  we would like to invite you to the exhibition of the striking items in the catalogue on Saturday May 13th, from 15.00-17.00.  You can freely walk in to explore the most beautiful items presented in this catalogue. Arine and Hugo will be there to answer your…

Echtpaar kiest na rechten voor wijn en boeken

Echtpaar kiest na rechten voor wijn en boeken

This lovely article was published in Den Haag Centraal of April 14, 2017. We are very proud to be in this newspaper with great photo’s and a enthusiastic story about combining our Antique Bookshop Antiquariaat van der Steur and the wine business Wijn op Dronk into one building. Most people enjoy the combination of wine…

Antiquariaat Van der Steur na 40 jaar weg uit Haarlem: “Heel lastige keuze”

Antiquariaat Arine van der Steur

Yes, we were again on National Dutch Television with a documentary about moving the Antique Book Shop from Haarlem to The Hague. You can see the program through this link: We were also on Noord-Holland Television with the moving of the Antique Book Shop. You can see the item through this link: HAARLEM…