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Member: JanWillemNoldus

CollectionsYour library (2,272), § (650), Currently reading (7), All collections (2,272)

Reviews26 reviews

Tags§ (484), C (410), Acq.Ant.Amsterdam (375), Painting (327), R (326), Acq.Amsterdam (311), Architecture (309), M (306), Acq.Ant.Paris (289), W (273) — see all tags

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About meI am an Art historian and philosopher who reads whenever he has nothing else to do. I adore practically anything (well, many things), except reading books on cooking, sport or trivia like popstars and TV celebrities .
Eclecticism is my style, in life, in thought, in taste: no single person or institution can pretend to the ultimate knowledge or wisdom, but all together we can approach the mystery of life, of beauty, of truth...

Je suis historien d'art et philosophe, lecteur vorace dans beaucoup de domaines (art, littérature, histoire, sciences, ...) Mes intérêts en matière de livres ne concernent pas beaucoup l'actualité (dernières parutions,bestsellers); un de mes grands plaisirs est de faire des trouvailles dans le rayon des auteurs oubliés.
Je suis eclectique en tout. Aucune personne ni institution possède la vérité, mais tous ensemble nous arrivons à soulever un petit bout du voile d'Isis...

Kunsthistoricus en filosoof, sinds lange jaren Nederlander in Parijs - een geweldige stad voor de boekenminnaar!
Ik heb bijna altijd wel een Nederlandstalig boek onder handen, maar lees nauwelijks recente Nederlandse (of andertalige) romans of verhalen. Waarom? Er zijn nog zoveel andere boeken te lezen!

***"Disce omnia, videbis postea nihil esse superfluum" (Hugo of St.Victor)***

Dear visitor,
You should know that your comments are very much appreciated, whatever they may be. So, please leave me a trace of your passage in the language you prefer - even a very simple one (a greeting?).This will not create obligations, but helps to create a worldwide network of booklovers.
Happy reading!




About my libraryMy personal library contains nearly 11,000 books. My LT catalog will represent this library, i.e. the books I really own, but not books on my wishlist or books read but not owned, nor other documents (DVD, recordings, etc.)
A long time (many, many years!) will have passed before everything will be cataloged, especially because most of my books cannot be found on Amazon.com, LC or other sources. Nearly every item must be entered manually.And I regret also not being able to spend as much time on LT as I would like.
I start with titles, authors and tags. More information about editions, covers, &c., will be added later for most books, as will be a key to my rather expansive tagging system.
Finding tags,sharing one's books with others are terrific things. Cataloging permits to find secret passages between books.
My idea is to stop enlarging my library at 11,111 books - maybe this is number fetishism, but you have to put your limits somewhere; why not there? Once I have 11,111 books, some books will have to leave when others arrive...

Actuellement ma bibliothèque compte presque 11.000 volumes (presque autant de titres) en 7 ou 8 langues différentes - c'est pourquoi j'ai décidé de faire tout en anglais, sinon le système des mots-clés deviendrait inutilisable...
Cataloguer tout cela va sans doute demander beaucoup de temps, d'autant plus qu'il s'agit pour 80% de livres "anciens", c'est à dire d'éditions d'époque sans ISBN (18e au 20e siècle). Je ne cherche pas d'exemplaires précieux (premières éditions, provenance,etc.) et ne suis pas investisseur, mais m'intéresse plutôt à des livres qui en tant qu'objet me transmettent (si possible) quelque chose du monde de leur auteur ou de leur sujet.
Je vais essayer de mettre la barre à 11.111 livres, beau nombre... Il y a un moment à partir duquel des livres doivent partir quand des nouveaux arrivent - ce sera ce moment-là! Mais le tri va être dûr...

Sinds ik in Parijs woon, zijn er natuurlijk veel Franse boeken bijgekomen. Ik heb echter toch nog heel wat Nederlandse boeken en ga die ook catalogiseren. Tenslotte dient een catalogus ook een getrouw beeld te geven van wat je in je bibliotheek hebt - alleen al voor jezelf. Omdat ik ook de data en de plaatsen van verwerving (aankoop, ruil en schenking) vermeld, wordt de catalogus uiteindelijk een soort intellectuele (auto)biografie, een weergave van een belangrijk deel van mijn levensweg. Mijn ambitie is verder zoveel mogelijk elementen als boekbesprekingen, commentaren e.d. op te nemen, waardoor het biografische aspect nog verder wordt verrijkt en uitgediept. Hoe ver ik daarmee kom, hangt niet alleen van mijn wil af...
Mijn voornemen is om vanaf 11.111 titels mijn bibliotheek niet verder uit te breiden. Ondanks alles zijn er grenzen! Vanaf dan: nieuwe boeken erbij, andere weg (naar vrienden?) - maar niet blindelings natuurlijk.

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My "Currently reading" collection only includes books I read for "fun" or for my personal instruction or edification. It is therefore only a (small) part of what I am actually occupied with, because my (numerous) readings for strictly professional reasons are not represented here, as most of those texts (books, articles and manuscripts, as well as student papers) are not (yet) integrated in my LT catalogue - and many may never be....

Groups15th Century Europe, 18th-19th Century Britain, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Aide en français, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Anglophiles, Antiquarian Books, Art History, Art is Life, Baker Street and Beyondshow all groups

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Lou Andreas-Salome, Apuleius, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, William Blake, J. C. Bloem, Godfried Bomans, Jorge Luis Borges, P.J. Bouman, P.C. Boutens, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Giordano Bruno, Jacob Burckhardt, Conrad Busken Huët, George Gordon Byron, Baron Byron, Joseph Campbell, Lewis Carroll, Anton Chekhov, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Colette, Wilkie Collins, Joseph Conrad, Louis Couperus, Sigrid Damm, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Jules Barbey D'Aurevilly, Lodewijk van Deyssel, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas, Eduard Du Perron, Umberto Eco, Frederik van Eeden, George Eliot, T. S. Eliot, Desiderius Erasmus, Frans Erens, Euripides, Jean-Henri Fabre, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gustave Flaubert, E. M. Forster, Sigmund Freud, John Galsworthy, Guido Gezelle, André Gide, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Nikolai Gogol, E. H. Gombrich, Herman Gorter, Remy de Gourmont, Ernesto Grassi, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Herman Grimm, Thomas Hardy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Martin Heidegger, E. Heimans, Ernest Hemingway, Abel Hermant, Hermes Trismegistus, Herodotus, Hermann Hesse, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Homer, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Victor Hugo, Johan Huizinga, Aldous Huxley, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Henrik Ibsen, Henry James, William James, Robinson Jeffers, Carl Gustav Jung, Immanuel Kant, John Keats, Søren Kierkegaard, Willem Kloos, Alain-Rene Lesage, C. S. Lewis, Alberto Manguel, Heinrich Mann, Thomas Mann, Eugene N. Marais, Hendrik Marsman, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, André Maurois, Molière, Michel de Montaigne, Paul Morand, Desmond Morris, Harry Mulisch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Erwin Panofsky, Walter Pater, Iain Pears, Jacques Perk, Petrarch, Plato, Plotinus, Edgar Allan Poe, Adolf Portmann, Marcel Proust, Alexander Pushkin, Thomas de Quincey, Rainer Maria Rilke, A. Roland Holst, Jan Romein, Joseph Roth, Carl Sagan, George Sand, Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur van Schendel, Friedrich Schiller, Seneca, William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sophocles, Benedictus de Spinoza, Robert Louis Stevenson, Theodor Storm, August Strindberg, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Makepeace Thackeray, St. Thomas Aquinas, Henry David Thoreau, Jac. P. Thijsse, J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Ivan Turgenev, Mark Twain, Paul Valéry, Émile Verhaeren, Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci, Voltaire, Aby Warburg, Evelyn Waugh, H. G. Wells, Edith Wharton, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites

Favorite bookstores(Nameless venue), Anagram Bookshop, Antiquariaat A. Kok & Zn, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Fifth Ave, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Main Store, Blackwell Charing Cross Road, Boekhandel Het Martyrium, Boekhandel Robert Premsela, Boekhandel van Rossum, Burgersdijk & Niermans, De Slegte Amsterdam, De Slegte Den Bosch, De Slegte Den Haag, Editeurs Réunis, Facultas Dombuchhandlung am Stephansplatz, Feltrinelli Libri e Musica (Torre Argentina), Foyles, Librairie Compagnie, Librairie de Paris, Librairie del Duca, Librairie Delamain, Librairie du Musée du Louvre, Librairie Guillaume Budé, Librairie Renaissance, Libreria Francese di Roma, Libreria Herder, London Review Bookshop, Polare Den Bosch (voorheen Adr. Heinen), Rizzoli Bookstore, Scheltema, Schottentor Buchhandlung, Smithsonian American Art & National Portrait Gallery Bookstore, Studystore Utrecht, The Dover Bookshop - London, The Folio Society, Unsworth's Antiquarian Booksellers (At Foyles) [moved], Van Stockum Boekverkopers, Van Stockum Boekverkopers, WHSmith Paris

Favorite librariesÖsterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Bibliothèque des littératures policières (BiLiPo), Bibliothèque Forney et fonds de la bibliothèque des Arts Graphiques, Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris (BHVP), Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) - Site François-Mitterrand, Bodleian Library, British Library, Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem Központi Könyvtár, Centre de documentation sur les métiers du livre (CDML), Dumbarton Oaks, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Folger Shakespeare Library, Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Library of Congress, Library of the University of Amsterdam, National Gallery of Art (US) Art Research Library, New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Plantin-Moretus Museum Main Library, Rijksmuseum Research Library, The Morgan Library & Museum, The Royal Society Library and Archives, Utrecht University Library Uithof, Warburg Institute Library, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Other favoritesMuseum Meermanno|Huis van het boek, The British Museum, Stadhuis Antwerpen, Franz Kafka Museum, Letterkundig Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Maison de Victor Hugo (Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée)

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Real nameJan Willem Noldus

LocationParis, France

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Member sinceAug 10, 2007

Currently readingDie Erfindung des Schönen: Oscar Wilde und das England des 19.Jahrhunderts by Christian Juranek
Maîtres et disciples by George Steiner
George Eliot: Haar leven en haar werk by Jennifer Uglow
Made in Europe: De kunst die ons continent bindt by Pieter Steinz
Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience by G. Gabrielle Starr
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Dear correspondent,

Your comment is most welcome.
Answering mail is one of my dearest habits. Only physical or mental incapacity could make me renounce... but my life-style is becoming more and more unusual in this ICT-driven world: regularly (several times every month) I pass some days or even weeks far from any access to Internet (while staying in the heart of civilization!). Indeed, even when I'm in Paris, I spend most of my time at a certain distance from my computer. Besides that I've many activities in the world of paper and ink.
Any reaction to your posting may therefore be rather "late".
Be certain of one thing, however: I donot forget you!
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