Definition of term:: Verband Deutscher Antiquare (VDA)

  • Verband Deutscher Antiquare (VDA)
    The German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association or Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. (VDA) was established in 1949 and was accepted as an ILAB member during the ILAB Congress in Brussels 1951. Since then the VDA hosted several Congresses, Fairs and Presidents’ Meetings in Munich, Cologne and Potsdam. With 266 rare book dealers, the VDA is one of the biggest associations of its kind. Current President Eberhard Köstler says: “We share one of the most fascinating and wonderful professions, and we have the gift to deal with objects that are part of the history of mankind. This is great luck, and a great responsibility, for each antiquarian bookseller and for the VDA in general.” The German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association promotes the common interest in rare books, autographs, represents its members in all public, legal and economic affairs and takes care for high standards in the rare book market. VDA booksellers must adhere to the ILAB Code of Ethics. This provides customers with certain guarantees that include: All items for sale are fully and accurately described, with all known defects disclosed. All items are authentic and clearly priced. All valuations and appraisals are fair and in keeping with the antiquarian book market. New members must have a five years practise as an independent antiquarian booksellers and recommendations of three colleagues before they are admitted to the VDA. The German association organizes the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair which takes place in January, as the first international fair of the year, with nearly 90 exhibitors. Publications about the history of the rare book trade, book collecting and book printing are regularly published in small bibliophile editions, such as a new edition of Max Ziegert’s “Schattenrisse deutscher Antiquare”, Reinhard Wittmann’s “Von Schätzen und Scharteken. Antiquariatskataloge des 19. Jahrhunderts” or Friedrich Pfäfflin’s history and bibliography about Levy & Müller, a Jewish publisher of children‘s books. The VDA also runs Book Auctions Online, a database of the leading European Auction Houses where you can browse former and current auction results or look at the current auction catalogues. A members directory is published every two years, with the addresses and specialities of the VDA members, a history of the VDA, articles about book collecting and a glossary of terms commonly used in the rare book trade. For more information see