Ritman Library (BPH) petition

Tessel Bauduin
Tessel Bauduin 31 Comments
6,781 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Express your protest against the dissolution of theBibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (Ritman Library)


It is widely known that the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam, founded by J.R. Ritman, was in great danger in the 1990s, when the ING bank took possession of the collection and threatened to sell it. Fortunately, the Dutch government intervened: the BPH was put on the list of protected Dutch heritage, and the State eventually acquired over 40% of it. The books remained at the same physical location, integrated with the rest of the collection, and the government would eventually acquire all of it. As part of this process, there were great plans for further expansion. Largely due to the financial crisis and a change of government this was taking somewhat longer than originally anticipated, but nobody doubted that the library was safe.
Last week this turned out to be incorrect. An extremely valuable medieval manuscript owned by the BPH (The Grail of Rochefoucauld) was put on sale at Sotheby’s, and this triggered a reaction from the Friesland Bank, which took possession of the library, that had apparently been brought in as collateral, in order to get back a 15 million euro loan from mr Ritman. At present the BPH is closed, and intense negotiations are going on behind closed doors. It is impossible at this moment to predict the outcome, but there is no doubt that the situation is extremely serious. There is a very real possibility that the Friesland bank will try to sell at least the ca. 60% of the library that is still owned by mr Ritman, and nobody knows what implications this will have for the rest of the collection and the BPH as a whole, including its staff. The brand-new government of theNetherlands has announced a program of radical financial cuts in the culture section and elsewhere, which makes a renewed intervention from that side highly unlikely.

If the Ritman library would go down, this would mean an enormous blow to international scholarship in hermetic studies. The damage would be irreversible. By signing this petition you express your concern, and ask the Dutch government and the Friesland bank to do their utmost to ensure that the collection will be saved and will remain available for the international scholarly community.

Additionally, you can express your concern by means of a signed letter. The initiative for this petition comes from the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents at the University of Amsterdam (organizationally independent of the BPH, and not in any danger itself), so please send your letter to its director: Prof. Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Oude Turfmarkt 141-147, 1012 GC Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: w.j.hanegraaff [ at ] uva.nl

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See a list of important signees at: www.theritmanlibrarymustbepreserved.blogspot.com
  • Chiara Casaluci
    Dec 01, 2017
    Dec 01, 2017
    Origine del Caos
  • Billy K Parks Jr
    Billy K Parks Jr United States, Cincinnati
    Nov 26, 2017
    Nov 26, 2017
    As a dedicated student of hermetic philosophy, the Ritman Library has always been a place I dreamed to visit and study. I see it as a pilgrimage only dreamed about for every student of the hermetic, rosicrucian and alchemical path. It hold the upmost value to everyone related to these subjects. There is no place like it, and it would be extremely detrimental to our community. Speaking in unison with all other hermetic students and practitioners, we beg those in power to do what they can to preserve the library in its current condition. Many thanks.
  • Jutta Schäfer
    Jutta Schäfer Germany, Saarbr
    Sep 22, 2017
    Sep 22, 2017
    Such an important cultural heritage must be protected fur usselves and following generations.
  • EMILIO JOSE CHUAIRE
    Jun 22, 2017
    Jun 22, 2017
    salvaguarda del patrimonio cultural
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