Dutch term – Boekhandelaar

A boekhandelaar is a book trader or bookstore owner.

Until recent times, a large part of the population was illiterate and book traders could only be found in larger cities. Many book traders were also publishers. Estate inventories in notarial records can show us if our ancestors owned any books, sometimes including the titles.


Bookstore in Amsterdam, 1820. Credits: Johannes Jelgerhuis, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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