STCV. Bibliography of the Hand Press Book

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Selection Criteria


Limits in Time

The main focus during the first phases of STCV (2000-2007) was on material printed between 1 January 1601 up until and including 31 December 1700. As of 2007, these limits have been widened. Although our main focus is still the seventeenth century, there is now only one strict limit, namely that the material must have been printed before 1 January 1801. Works that were presumably printed during this period or of which parts were printed during this period, are also included in STCV.

Limits in Geography

Works printed (or sold) in the current territory of Flanders (including Brussels) are catalogued in STCV. Works with a double imprint of which one of the addresses is not in Flanders (including Brussels), are also included. Printed works that were presumably created in this territory are also eligible, just as those that have been described as such in the past. The veracity of such attributions may be mentioned, if necessary. Works with a false address citing a place in Flanders, are also included even though in reality they were printed elsewhere.

When in doubt, consider the following:

  • Books written from a Southern-Netherlands perspective, are included.
  • When the external typographical characteristics point to a Southern-Netherlands origin, they are included.
  • Serious dubious cases are always given the benefit of the doubt and included, with a mention of its doubtfulness in a general note: 'possibly/probably (not) printed in the Southern Netherlands'.

Material Criteria

Broadsides or Single-sheet items

All printed works are included although at the beginning of the STCV database planos or broadsides were excluded. A text printed on one unfolded sheet, possibly continuing from the recto to the verso side, is also considered to be a broadside. These works are now added where possible if time allows.

Imprints on such (one-sided) planos are obviously on the first, the last and the only page. We do not consider this to be the title page, and therefore the whole text receives the source-indication of 'document' for title, author(s) and imprint. When there is no real title, the incipit is given with the source 'document'.

Special cases

  • Double-sided planos: two independent plano texts printed on either side of the sheet, are currently only included incidentally. They are considered to be broadsides.
  • Ambassadors' letters: bundled letters from ambassadors are currently not included.
  • Songs on loose sheets: popular songs that appeared on the front and back of a whole sheet or half a sheet (whether it is cut in half or not) are included. Such sheets have no clear recto or verso side; imprints and colophons appear in every place imaginable. An independent bibliographical description is made for each side. The imprint information is included in all the descriptions of one plano, if need be with the source indication as 'extern'. This is mentioned as such in the cataloguing remarks: 'Imprint derived from another song on the same sheet'.

See also: Choice of titles: Songs on loose sheets

See also: Choice of titles: Single-sheet prints


Journals and Magazines

Journals and magazines are, for the time being, not included in STCV. Journals need to adhere to three criteria: they have

  1. a general, more or less fixed title
  2. a more or less fixed publication rate
  3. a number per volume/issue

Newsletter-like writings are included. They may have a (serial) number on the title but usually have separate signatures and pagination. The Nieuwe Tijdingen by Abraham Verhoeven are, for the time being, not included. There is already a useful overview of them in the Bibliotheca Belgica. Other publications by Abraham Verhoeven are included.

Atlases and Collections of Engravings

Atlases and collections of engravings (e.g. writing books, map collections) that have a typographical title page are treated summarily. This means that the typographical parts (prelims and/or end matter) are described in detail; engraved parts are only mentioned. If works of this type do not contain any typographical elements, then they are neglected. For atlases, a bibliographical note is added to Koemans, Atlantes Neerlandici, second edition.

See also: Collation formula for collections of engravings