Anton Gerits

Library and Book Collector’s Consultant

Anton Gerits

Anton Gerits is a longstanding advisor on the development of the Elsevier Heritage Collection. Born in The Hague (1930), Mr. Gerits served as the head of Martinus Nijhoff N.V’s antiquarian department in The Hague, from 1959 – 1970. He became manager of the Antiquarian bookshop Ludwig Rosenthal’s Antiquariaat in Hilversum from 1970-1974. In 1974, he founded the antiquarian department of Dekker & Nordemann, a division of Elsevier N.V. in Amsterdam and served as its director until 1981. Mr. Gerits and his wife, Paula Spiering, established their own company, A.Gerits – Rare books in Hilversum in 1981. Two years later, the company moved to Amsterdam and amended its name to A. Gerits & Son B.V. when their eldest son, Arnoud, joined the firm eventually taking it over in 1996.

Anton Gerits was secretary of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of the Netherlands from 1969 – 1977 and President of the Association from 1979-1985. He was editor of De Antiquaar, journal of the Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association from 1969-1974 and editor of the Newsletter of the International League of Antiquarian booksellers (ILAB) from 1988-1996. He was also a member of the ILAB Committee from 1984-1991 and President of the ILAB from 1991-1996. In 1998 he was nominated as ILAB’s President of Honour.

Mr. Gerits has published articles in a range of journals including: Quaerendo: A quarterly journal from the Low Countries devoted to manuscripts and printed books; the Antiquarian Book Monthly Review; Harvard Library Bulletin, Kunst en Antiek Revue; De Boekenwereld.


Reviews from Books, Friends, and Bibliophilia:

Anyone who as a reader follows Gerits on his ‘Dubbelspoor’ needs to gasp for air sometimes, for the ever impeccably dressed man with bow-tie has admirable energy at his disposal. And indeed, he has been through quite e few things of course. All this reads like an exciting novel. Moreover, he mentions noteworthy ethical aspects of the antiquarian book trade.- Prof. J. Buijnsters in Quaerendo

In ‘Times literary Supplement’: ‘Were a directory of library special collections to be drawn up, organized not by library but by bookseller, the names of Nijhoff and of Gerits would surely be among the most prominent… This book is much more than the ‘reminiscences’ proffered in its subtitle. It is also a history, often thoughtful if always partial, of one aspect of the making of the learned world in the late twentieth century.-- David McKittrick