ReIReS Dataset in the Spotlight: Maurits Sabbe Library and its Typus Occasionis

The ReIReSearch database contains datasets from five ReIReS partners, thus  enabling scholars to discover large sets of data related to Religious Studies. Today we put the Maurits Sabbe Library in the spotlight and its Typus occasionis.

The Maurits Sabbe Library at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (KU Leuven) boasts an extensive research collection of 1,3 million volumes. In addition to the modern works, the library has a collection of over 200 000 rare books, printed before 1800, and 1200 manuscripts.

Typus occasionis

Part of the Digital Jesuit Collection is Typus occasionis, a collection of twelve emblematic plates by Theodoor Galle (1571-1633) produced in 1603. The plates were used in the emblematic work of Jan David (1545?-1613) named Occasio arrepta … (1605). The twelve allegorical engravings were part of the didactical program the Jesuits developed in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century to clarify the catholic point of view. The plates deal with the occasio or opportunity one can grasp to gain salvation for the soul.

Go here to the KU Leuven webpage of Typus occasionis.


Go here to ReIReSearch, where you can search for Typus occasionis. Follow the instructions on the screen and just ignore the sign-in requests, then you will be able to see the online resource.