Brill 333


  333 Years of Scholarly Publishing
In 2016, Brill celebrates its 333rd anniversary as academic publisher, making Brill the oldest existing publishing house in the Netherlands, and one of the oldest in the world. Its history goes back to 17 May 1683, when Jordaan Luchtmans established himself as a bookseller in Leiden. Five generations of the Luchtmans family served as “Printers to the University” until 1848, when Evert Jan Brill took over the firm, giving it his own name. This year also commemorates an equal division in time; the Luchtmans and Brill names being associated with the firm for exactly 165 years each. In an ever-changing world Brill has managed to adapt to circumstances and use the opportunities that came its way. Still, in all its metamorphoses, the firm steadfastly clung to its historical identity. Brill’s longevity is a remarkable story of both continuity and change.
  Brill's mission and core values
Brill’s core publishing activities lie in specialized market niches in the humanities and international law and, to a restricted extent, in the sciences. The company supplies a wide range of high quality and professionally relevant literature to libraries and individual academics. Providing a service to authors and readers and to all those in the intermediate chain who are of importance is the core competence of Brill.
  Brill's history in a commemorative book

Brill’s rich history was described in an illustrated book, which was published in both English and Dutch.

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If you are interested in ordering the print version of the book, view the English version or Dutch version on our website.

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