About the Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (NVvA):

The Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA: Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers) is a professional association of about 60 dealers in old and rare books, prints and maps, established in 1935, so it is nearly 85 years old.

Members are strictly selected based on their professional knowledge and experience and are held to high standards of professional conduct.

The goals of the NVvA are:

  • Promoting the collection and preservation of old and rare books, prints and maps.
  • Ensuring the high quality standards of the members based on a code of conduct: ILAB Code of Usages and Customs
  • Advancing the study of and research into early and remarkable books.
  • Once every three years the NVvA awards the Hertzberger Prize for the best book published in the Netherlands in the field of the history of the book.

At present the directors of the Association are:

  • Laurens Hesselink (Antiquariaat FORUM) – President
  • Bart de Roo (Antiquariaat De Roo) – Treasurer
  • Pieter de Vries (Antiquariaat De Vries & De Vries) – General Secretary
  • Edwin Bloomsaat (Florisatus) – Committee Member
  • Leo Smiet – Committee Member


If a customer is dissatisfied with the quality of the goods or services provided by a member of the NVvA, or with a member’s professional conduct, and if they are unable to find a solution together that satisfies both parties, the customer can bring the matter to the directors of the NVvA. The decision of the directors is binding for the member.

General Conditions of Sale

International netwerk

The NVvA is one of the founders of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB; www.ilab.org), established in 1948. NVvA members have close ties with ILAB members around the world. They are therefore familiar with supply and demand in other countries. All ILAB members are bound to the same code of conduct. That provides global assurance.

More Information
Please contact our General Secretary,

Pieter de Vries: pieter@devriesendevries.nl 

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