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William James Dampier. A memoir of John Carter. London, 1878.


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. He is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA).

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. 

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