Erasmus Boekhandel and Houtschild merger brings new opportunities

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Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel is delighted to announce that its merger with Houtschild Internationale Boekhandel will come into effect on 1st June 2023. The combined company, under the leadership of current Managing Director, Dirk Raes, will continue to operate under the name Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel BV, with headquarters in Amsterdam.

The union of the two companies brings together their long-established expertise in academic book supply, in order to reinforce their strengths, reaffirm the range of services on offer, and remain competitive in an increasingly complex industry. Houtschild customers, while maintaining their existing customer service contacts, will now have the option to benefit from additional services, such as Erasmus' New Title Information, covering forthcoming academic titles in a wide range of subjects from the Benelux, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and the USA, and skill in selecting titles for supply on approval plan.

"We are delighted to welcome on board our Houtschild colleagues and excited about the opportunities our fusion presents", stated Managing Director, Dirk Raes. "We are confident that the merger will enable us to further increase our efficiency and allow us to provide the best possible services to our customers."

Founded in Amsterdam in 1934, Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel has since become a preeminent name in the international book trade, specializing in the areas of art and art history, and providing a comprehensive service to university, research and specialist libraries. Its subsidiary in Paris, Librairie Erasmus, founded in 1990, guarantees efficient delivery of French publications.

Since its foundation in the Netherlands in 1974, Houtschild International Booksellers has made a name for itself as an outstanding supplier of academic books and journals from all countries, in all languages, specialising in the supply of English and foreign-language European publications to academic, corporate and government libraries.

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