By Arnoud Gerits (ILAB President)
It is with great sadness that both the Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (NVvA) and ILAB have to report the death of Bob de Graaf (1927-2011). He served the NVvA as Secretary (1963-1969) and as its President (1971-1974). In 1973 he joined the ILAB Committee, and accepted both the position as editor of ILAB’s Newsletter and as Secretary. From 1979 to 1982 he served as ILAB President, in 1985 he was made, and deservedly so, ILAB President of Honour. In all these positions he initiated developments leading to better contacts worldwide. Bob de Graaf was one of the Dutch bookdealers who supported my admission to the NVvA and who actively encouraged me to not just become a member but to become an active member. That I have been chosen, many, many years after my admission into the Dutch Association, as President of ILAB, is in no small matter thanks to Bob’s encouragements. Bob was an important bookdealer, scholar, publisher and bibliographer as well as a very good and loyal friend to many of us all around the world. He will be very much missed by many of us.