Bring the Minervalia back to Maastricht!

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A small book of great value: Jean Guyot’s Minervalia. It is one of the oldest comedy books printed in Maastricht. Worldwide only five copies are known. In 1554, the printer Jacob Baethen produced something unique: a Maastricht-printed book with a special, humoristic story!

A good home for a special book
We want to make sure that the Minervalia can travel through this region. In this way, we make sure that the cultural heritage is available to everyone - including to you. Moreover, we want to dedicate this beautiful book to students and researchers of Maastricht University. The Maastricht University Library can offer it a good home. The Minervalia would be the oldest piece of the Special Collections of the UM.

Getting the Minervalia to Maastricht
Unfortunately, the Minervalia is no longer present in Maastricht. Only with your help, we can bring it back via the antiquarian ASHER Rare Books, for the price of 12.500 euros. Do you agree that the Minervalia should go back to its roots? Then help us bring it back to Maastricht! 

“As the curator of the Special Collections of Maastricht University, I think it would be fantastic if we succeed in getting Baethen back to Maastricht. We want to make sure the book is made available to students, researchers and those who are interested."- Odin Essers

Culture from Maastricht belongs in Maastricht!


UM Crowd is part of University Fund Limburg/SWOL. This Fund is a recognized 'algemeen nut beogende instelling' (ANBI). This hallmark means that your donation is, in principle, tax deductable. You will receive an automatically generated e-mail with a proof of payment after your donation. Click here for more information about ANBI.

€25 Donate A digital photo of this unique book - Thank you very much for your gift! You receive a digital photo of the Minervalia! 18 donors €50 Donate Luxurious postcard Special Collections - We are very pleased with your support! Next to the digital photo you receive a luxurious postcard of the Special Collections of Maastricht University. 8 donors €100 Donate Personal tour along the Special Collections! (You don't want to miss this) - Next to above mentioned goodies we would like to invite you as involved donor to a personal tour. The hospitality team of the university library will give you a personal tour along the Special Collections of Maastricht University. 5 donors €175 Donate Recommended Personal tour by the specialist  - What a great amount! To show his appreciation the conserver of Maastricht University will personally guide you along the Special Collections and shares all his expertise. 1 donor €500 Donate Luxurious umbrella Special Collections - Wow....what an enormous contribution! With this we won't let you stand in the 'rain'. Next to all benefits your receive up to 2 luxurious postcards and last but not least...a beautiful umbrella of the Special Collections of Maastricht University. No longer available €850 Donate Exclusive VIP arrangement in Dominicanenkerk - An absolutely amasing amount! By means of this donation you contribute significantly to the purchase of 'Minervalia'. We really appreciate this. Therefore you are invited to an exclusive VIP arrangement at the Dominicanenkerk. We offer you an exclusive tour and a special booklet of the Dominicanen Kerk. In addition, we invite you for a Coffee Lovers get-together. No longer available
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JCI Maastricht supports Minervalia

09-05-2019 | 15:06 We are still celebrating the return of the Minervalia! One of the organisations that made it possible to bring the book back to Maastricht, is JCI Maastricht. Thank you for your commitment to the cultural heritage of the city! 
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