Frits Knuf Antiquarian Books offers a wide range of books about books: typography, bibliography, books on paper, catalogues of libraries and dealers’ catalogues, and reference books on manuscripts, incunabula and bookbindings. Our comprehensive stock has been built up over 50 years and holds 25,000 titles. These are offered worldwide by means of catalogues and can also be found on the internet. We attend several international bookfairs and would like to meet you there. We are located in Vende, 180 km southwest of Paris in the Loire Valley (42 minutes by TGV from Paris-Montparnasse). You are welcome to visit us on appointment.On request we will set up a meeting in Paris to show any books that might be of interest to you. Those who are setting up a special collection or library are invited to request our specific lists. We are always interested in buying single volumes and whole collections in our field.Anita van Elferen is an expert with the French CNE, the Compagnie Nationale des Experts.
Knuf Rare books was founded in the 1950s by Frits Knuf in the Netherlands. After an apprenticeship with Frits I took over the firm in 1996 which we then moved to France in 2001 where we are still based. The business is run from our home in Lavardin, one of the most beautiful villages of France located in the Loire Valley, that can easily be reached from Paris. Visitors are most welcome, but by appointment please. I am interested in the History of the Book and have a good inventory of rare and uncommon printed books, ephemeral items, prints and manuscripts from the incunable period to the twentieth century. My stock is especially strong in early auction- and library catalogues, type specimens, continental printer’s and engravers manuals, calligraphy manuals. Another interest is early continental architecture books and early art auction catalogues. Every year I issue two fully illustrated and annotated printed catalogues that are sent out upon request. In addition to that I also send out short email lists every week with a selection of books about books from our stock. And of course, I exhibit at several major international book fairs, such as New York, Boston and Paris. We work mainly with institutional customers, and are happy to discuss special institutional requirements. I adhere strictly to the professional standards and code of conduct of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), and the Compagnie Nationale des Experts (CNE) to which I belong. I have been an international rare book dealer for over 25 years and am a member of the Nederlands Genootschap van Bibliofielen. If you want to buy or sell single books or whole collections, have an expert valuation or if would just like some advice, please do not hesitate to contact me.