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Nicolaas Johannes Bernardus Bulder collection

Identifier: ubl179

Scope and Contents

The collection of graphic art by Nico Bulder comprises nearly his complete output. Almost 700 book illustrations and more than 200 decorative designs document his career from beginning to end.


  • Creation: 1926-1964

Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.

Biographical / Historical

Graphic artist Nico Bulder (1898-1964) is mostly known for his many book illustrations. His preferred medium was the wood engraving. Besides illustrating some 50 books, he produced a great number of bookplates and other decorative graphic art. Bulder was born and bred in Groningen, a province in the north of the Netherlands. Many of the books he illustrated are connected to northern mythology. All throughout his life Bulder would adhere to a figurative style that became somewhat old fashioned during his later life.


850 prints and 50 drawings (circa).

Language of Materials


Abstract in Dutch

Grafisch oeuvre van de kunstenaar Nico Bulder (1898-1964).

Abstract in English

Graphic oeuvre of the artist Nico Bulder (1898-1964).

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Item descriptions of the prints and drawings can be found in the online catalogue, using the word Bulder as search item.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by the artist’s daughter and heir, G.A Bulder (Hoogezand), in 1991.


No future additions are to be expected.


The material can be requested and consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Collection guide of the Nicolaas Johannes Bernardus Bulder collection (1926-1964)
Collectie Nicolaas Johannes Bernardus Bulder
Jef Schaeps, 2012
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Language of description note
Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 20 November 2012: latest update

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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