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Daphne Wouts

Staff Member Acquisitions and Processes

Dr. D.E. Wouts
+31 71 527 1552

Daphne Wouts is an external PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • Book history
  • History of libraries
  • Art history


The sixteenth-century Bibliotheca Enchusana is one of the oldest public libraries that is still preserved in situ in the Netherlands and can rightfully be called a unique book historical monument. The collection has been preserved in the Westerkerk in Enkhuizen since the early seventeenth century – a time of economic and cultural expansion in the city. Containing books that were gifted by some of the city's most famous inhabitants, such as Franciscus Maelson and Bernardus Paludanus, the library mirrors Enkhuizen's intellectual and cultural wealth during the Golden Age. The aim of my research is to compile a scholarly catalogue of the Bibliotheca Enchusana, based on a hands-on examination of all the books from its holdings. By supplementing the bibliographical descriptions with information about the physical evidence of every book’s unique history, such as inscriptions of former owners, binding details, and manuscript annotations, together with information from auction catalogues and archival documents, the aim of this new catalogue is to aid in better understanding the holdings of the library, their origin and history, as well as the use and function of the library since its foundation. Subsequently, the research aims to explore how the Bibliotheca Enchusana compares to private libraries, and local book culture, as well as similar municipal libraries in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

PhD supervisors

Prof. Dr. P.G. Hoftijzer
Dr. M. Keblusek

Curriculum vitae

PhD Student, Leiden University

Research MA Arts and Culture, Leiden University (cum laude)

MA Book and Digital Media Studies, Leiden University (cum laude)

BA Art History, Leiden University

Staff Member Acquisitions and Processes

  • Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden
  • Bibliotheekprocesondersteuning
  • Metadatadiensten & Acquisitie

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number F0.16D



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