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Black Dog Rare Books


Steven de Joode

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Unusual hand-picked books and ephemera from four centuries.

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Weberstraat , Amersfoort, Utrecht, 3815 VC, Netherlands

More about this bookseller

Dedicated to the weird and wonderful, Black Dog Rare Books was established in December 2018 by Steven de Joode. Based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, we offer quirky, unusual, interesting and rare books and ephemera from four centuries.


Steven has a BA (Hons.) in German and an MA (Hons.) in Book and Manuscript Studies (University of Amsterdam). Having worked as a bibliographer at the National Library of the Netherlands and as a cataloguer and dealer at Antiquariaat Forum, Steven has broad experience in the world of rare books. Our clients include libraries, museums, private collectors and fellow members of the trade.

As a teenager I was a voracious reader. But reading books by my favourite authors wasn’t enough: I wanted to own them. So I started to collect first editions. This quickly developed into a keen interest in typography and book history. So it was only natural that I decided to study German literature (BA, hons.) and subsequently Book history (MA, hons.), cataloguing rare books on the side. After graduating from university I worked for the National Library of the Netherlands, cataloguing books for the Short Title Catalogue Netherlands.


The next five years I spent with Antiquariaat Forum. Here I did descriptive cataloguing of pre-1850 books, maps, prints and manuscripts, I built and maintained customer relationships, valued, bought and sold rare and valuable books, arranged shipments for international book fairs (including the application for export licenses) and attended (international) book fairs.


Having handled rare books in a wide variety of fields, ranging from beautiful colour plate books to important and valuable travel accounts, I developed an eclectic taste in books. However, I try to seek out the quirky and the uncommon, be it circus sideshow pitch books, pamphlets on prostitution, true crime, or homosexuality, 18th-century treatises on syphilis, medical works on monstrosities, or 16th-centuries manuals on astrology.

Featured Items

Large micrographic mizrah plaque by Levi(e) David van Gelder, ca. 1846


Les jumeaux Chinois Célèbres: unique pitch card of Chinese conjoined twins, 1901


Unique(?) poster advertising the auction sale of 1,300,000 Havana cigars, 1838


Anomalies in both humans and animals, finely illustrated with seven impressive plates


A 1598 edition of Lemnius's Secrect miracle of nature


Terms of Sale

All items have been collated and are complete and in good condition, unless otherwise stated. Care has been taken in noting flaws. All items are offered subject to prior sale, and remain the property of Black Dog Rare Books until payment has been received in full. Prices, stated in Euro’s are net, but do not include shipping. Free shipping for orders above € 500.

Payment Conditions
We accept Paypal, Ideal, bank transfers, and all major Credit Cards. Costs involved in international bank transfers are for full account of the buyer.

Return policy
If a buyer is not satisfied for any reason he may return an item for a full refund of the purchase price, provided it is sent back within ten (10) days at the expense of the buyer, properly wrapped, fully insured and returned in the same condition as when received by the buyer.
If you wish to return an item, please follow these instructions:

Phone or email us a message that you plan to return an item purchased. While it is not required that you give us a reason for the return, we always appreciate an explanation.

Returned items should be properly secured and packed before shipping.

Returned items should be shipped back through registered mail or by courier in the same condition as when the item left the webshop and adequately insured.

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