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Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair

decoration30 Sept. 2017|01 Oct. 2017

The Dutch Association of Antiquarian book dealers (NVvA) is pleased to announce the 37th Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair to be held on Saturday 30 September until Sunday 1st October. In 2016, a newly elected book fair committee developed a new concept with a new location in the heart of the book-loving city of Amsterdam. You are cordially invited to submit your application to register.

The Amsterdam Marriott Hotel has space for 40 ILAB associated antiquarian bookdealers to participate. This spectacular location in the centre of Amsterdam is a stone’s throw away from the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The Marriott is easily accessible for both exhibitors and visitors. The Amsterdam Book Fair is an eminently suitable occasion for Dutch and foreign antiquarian bookdealers to meet and to do business with each other. Amsterdam has many renowned antiquarian booksellers and small second-hand bookshops, so you can turn your visit into a working holiday. Happy hunting!

Register now! We look forward to your visit!


An exciting innovation in artistic book binding being described as “tattooed bindings” will soon be exhibited at the 2017 Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair, September 30 - October 1 at Marriott Hotel.

Von Hemmersbach bindings have been displayed at the New York Fair last spring, in association with Bibliopathos, and have peaked the interest of some major collectors over the past year. The artist behind the creations is Aarom Von Hemmersbach, a Canadian tattoo artist who has developed a successful technique to decorate leather with embedded ink designs, connecting his passion of tattooing to his other passion, collecting rare and antiquarian books.

Several examples will be on display and Mr. Von Hemmersbach will be in attendance as well during the event. Two of the bindings will be on loan from prominent collections, one from Grolier Club President, Mr. G. Scott Clemons, and the other from The Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination.

As this binding style has never been seen in the realm of books before, it should certainly add to the ongoing excitement building around the Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair this year.

“It is widely understood that there are deep roots in tattooing in Amsterdam, and as a youth I would stare for hours at the pages of tattoo magazine articles about Henk Schiffmacher, and Pier de Haan (Tattoo Peter). These iconic artists, along with many more from around the world, inspired my own journey into the ancient art of tattooing. Amsterdam also has an incredibly rich history of book printing, bookbindings and the book trade, so it is a PERFECT location to exhibit this innovation. I am very grateful for the opportunity from Mr. Laurens Hesselink from Forum Antiquariaat, Bibliopathos and the Amsterdam Fair organization to showcase these bindings.” - Aarom Von Hemmersbach


30 Sept. 2017|01 Oct. 2017
Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA)
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