Who we are
Erasmus was founded as ‘Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel’ by Dr. Abraham Horodisch in Amsterdam in 1934. Together with Horst Garnman, he quickly developed the antiquarian bookshop into a preeminent name in the international book trade, specializing in the area of art and art history. Since 1984, Erasmus has focused more on being a library supplier, providing university, research and specialist libraries with a comprehensive service. In 1990, its subsidiary, Librairie Erasmus was founded in Paris in order to guarantee an efficient delivery of French publications. With over 40 employees in Amsterdam and Paris, Erasmus is still an independent company. Qualified booksellers provide a personal and reliable customer service. To mark the company’s 75th anniversary in 2009, a book was published which relates the development from its origins until the present. The publication is available on request: 75 years Erasmus Boekhandel Amsterdam – Paris, by Sytze van der Veen, Amsterdam 2009, ISBN 978-94-90234-01-0. You can also download our book as a PDF file here:
Erasmus has always been a family business, but in these times a strong partner is required to ensure the future of the company. Sasha Brunsmann and Kurt Tschenett, the owners of Erasmus, have therefore decided to accept an offer from Dawson Books, part of the Bertrams Group and owned by Smiths News PLC.
Erasmus Boekhandel and Librairie Erasmus will continue to trade under the Erasmus name, to supply academic books and journals to our customers worldwide. The same teams in Amsterdam and Paris will guarantee continuity.We believe that, backed by the possibilities of Dawson, we will be able to improve the services to our customers and to ensure the future of Erasmus.