Library, Plant Sciences contains the following collections:
The collection wall charts Entomology and Phytopathology of Wageningen UR Library, Special collections consists of 305 images from the period 1900 until 1980. The wall charts were used in classes of the Laboratories of Entomology and Phytopathology to study insect plant relations and plant diseases. Some are hand drawn by professional artists especially for Wageningen UR and therefore unique. Others are printed in multiple copies. The main subjects shown on the wall charts are insects and plant pests.
The tulip book of Pieter Cos is a manuscript nursery catalogue from 1637 with tulips and a small number of other flowers. It was published at the peak of the tulipomania, a period in the Golden Age in which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. The manuscript contains 54 gouaches of tulips, followed by 12 added drawings of tulips some by [Pieter] Holsteijn the Younger and Pieter Schagen, 7 watercolours of carnations and 2 drawings of other flowers. For most tulips, names are written at the bottom of the illustration with the same paint. Later on the weight and the prices for which the bulbs were sold was added with a more modern pen. The weight of each bulb is given in 'aasen', an aas being 0,048 gram. Prices are given in guilders.
The 'Konstboeck' is a collection of 142 botanical illustrations from approx. 1680-1750 by Catharina Lintheimer, Alida Withoos, Pieter Withoos, Johannes Bronckhorst and Pieter Holsteijn. The illustrations were collected by Simon Schijnvoet (1652-1727), an amateur-(garden)designer and art collector. Seven of the most striking gouaches were painted by Alida Withoos, for example a Rosa gallica 'versicolor' or French Rose. The major part of the collection, 123 drawings, was made by Catharina Lintheimer.
A series of 39 wall charts by Frank & Tschirch, used for education on the subject of plant physiology and published in the period 1889-1894 in Berlin. The complete collection includes 60 wall charts of which Wageningen UR Library possesses 39. The purpose was to explain physiology of plants for courses in agriculture and related courses. According to Frank & Tschirch these charts are the first to explain plant physiology in a graphic way.