Books, Friends, And Bibliophilia: Reminiscences Of An Antiquarian Bookseller is the unique and engaging autobiography of Anton Gerits, a Dutch antiquarian bookseller. Readers are treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Europe's antiquarian book trade from 1950 to the present. Featuring a treasury of anecdotes and replete with colorful characters, Gerits writes of his dealing with true legends of the book trade such as H.P. Kraus, Maurice L. Ettinghausen, and Menno Hertzberger. Gerits life story is also the story behind the building of significant private libraries, as well as the Special Collections departments of institutional and academic libraries of Western Europe, Japan, America, and even behind the Iron Curtain during the bleak days of the Cold War era. A past president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and the author of more than a dozen books, Anton Gerits' memoir is enthusiastically recommended reading, especially for book collectors, bibliophiles, librarians, academia, and members of the publishing community.