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Black Dog Rare Books


Steven de Joode

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Unusual hand-picked books and ephemera from five centuries.

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Weberstraat, Amersfoort, Utrecht, 3815 VC, Netherlands

More about this bookseller

Black Dog Rare Books was founded by Steven de Joode in December 2018. Located in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, the company offers a wide range of rare and unusual books, ephemera, and manuscripts, dating from the past five centuries.


The topics covered include science, medicine, occult, travel, Judaica and natural history. We have a penchant for the weird and wonderful, so on our website you will regularly find oddities such as diatribes against prostitution, murder pamphlets, circus pitch cards, rare broadsides, early-modern works banning homosexuality, etc.

Steven is joined in running the company by his partner, Chantal Germaine Haak, who has a background in psychology and previous experience as a broker. She brings a blend of business savvy and a curious mind to the company, along with a keen eye for the unusual.


Steven holds a BA (Hons.) in German and an MA (Hons.) in Book and Manuscript Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He has also worked as a bibliographer at the National Library of the Netherlands and as a cataloguer and dealer at Antiquariaat Forum, giving him a wealth of experience in the rare book industry.


Our clients include libraries, museums, private collectors, and fellow members of the trade. We regularly send out newsletters to keep our subscribers up to date about new arrivals.

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

A religious tract on the Great Comet of 1811, printed in Boston


The emancipation of US freedmen since the abolishment of slavery


Portrait of Japanese diplomat Matsuki Koan, made during a mission to Europe


A Yiddish children's book by a shining star of Russian Jewish literature


A rare pop-up book showing animals in the wild and in a zoo


First Russian translation of the first major theoretical treatise on cubism


A young girl's adventures in decadent Paris, illustrated with photographs


Book of Common Prayer, from the library of Liverpool slave trader Moses Benson


A Chinese physician accidentally ending up in Amsterdam in 1861


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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