Definition of term:: Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA)

  • Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA)
    It was the former president of the Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA) Menno Hertzberger who conceived the idea of forming an international organisation of antiquarian booksellers with the aim of establishing international peace through cultural exchange and open markets in 1947. The NVvA itself was founded in 1935 with the object of promoting reliability in the trade of old books and prints. Nowadays it counts 77 members, president is Ton Kok. According to the ILAB code of ethics the NVvA dealers guarantee the authenticity and completeness of their offers, with the right to return any goods for defects not mentioned and total repayment. They are also reliable and expert advisers concerning questions of insurance or inheritance, and can represent would-be purchasers at auctions where, through their expertise and relations, they can avoid difficulties and frustration which a private purchaser may encounter. NVvA members are of assistance in tracing books or prints considered difficult to find. Some have a special search services, by means of which the customer gains access to stocks spread all over the world. For 30 years the Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA) has been organizing an annual book fair in Amsterdam, well known both to foreign exhibitors and customers. See