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: