Placcaert vande Staten Generael vande Gheunieerde Nederlanden Public Deposited

Placcaert vande Staten Generael vande Gheunieerde Nederlanden

Alternative title
  • Act of abjuration
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • Fag.H.3.8 no.3
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Copyright status
Publisher location
  • [Arnhem], The Netherlands
Date Created
  • 1581
Physical extent
  • 16 unnumbered pages
  • This pamphlet, commonly known as the ‘Plakkaat van Verlatinghe’ (Act of Abjuration), is one of the most important official texts in the Fagel Library, documenting the early struggle of the Dutch states. The act was signed on 26 July 1581 by representatives of several Dutch provinces who declared themselves independent from royal authority. It was, in effect, the Dutch declaration of independence, and would be used as a model by the American rebels in 1776. The Plakkaat van Verlatinghe was first printed in Leiden by Charles Silvius, the recently-appointed printer of the States. The rebels rapidly turned to the printing press to disseminate their ordinances and reinforce their authority. The USTC has documented 20 editions of the Plakkaat van Verlatinghe printed in 1581, including this unique edition in the Fagel collection, printed in the eastern town of Arnhem by Willem Jansz van Campen, state printer of the province of Gelderland. This copy is bound in a volume with a number of other Fagel Collection political pamphlets. Full title: ‘Placcaert Uande Staten Generael vande Gheunieerde Nederlanden. : Byden vvelcken, midts den redenen in't langhe in’t selfde begrepen, men verklaert den Coninck van Spaegnien vervallen van de overheyt ende heerschappije van dese voorsz. Nederlanden, Fnde verbiet zijnen naem ende zeghel inde selve landen meer te ghebruycken, &c.’
  • This copy is bound in a volume with a number of other Fagel Collection political pamphlets
Collection title
  • Fagel Collection
  • Purchased in 1802 by Trinity College Dublin, along with the rest of the Fagel library, formerly in The Hague.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • Dutch
Digital Object Id
  • FAG-H-3-8-NO3_01
  • 0132885


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