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Title: An Inventory of the Correspondence of Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575)
Author(s): HEESAKKERS, Chris , VAN MIERT, Dirk
Volume: 37 Issue: 2 Date: 2010
Correspondences are indispensable for the study of scholarship and science. They provide information on the genesis of books; the social interaction between scholars and patrons, authors and printers, scholars and their families; biographical details, eye-witness acounts; contemporary views on religion and politics, etc. They reveal strategies and styles of self-presentation, but often also allow a look behind the scenes. The edition of correspondences is usually a time-consuming business. Inventories can guide the researcher to the letters. In this contribution, we provide an inventory with additional information concerning the contents of each letter, including all the names mentioned. Hadrianus Junius was the most important humanist scholar in Holland in the third decade of the sixteenth century. The majority of his letters was published in 1652 and 1839, but it is difficult to make sense of his correspondence because eighty percent of his letters carry no year or no date at all. We have brought this number back to thirty percent. With this contribution we not only want to provide a guide to the study of intellectual history in the third quarter of the sixteenth century, but also a model for an intermediate between an inventory and an edition, by providing the gist of all letters on top of the metadata.