History of the collection:The collection was donated to the KB in 1994 by Mrs J Nadorp-Ydema and children.
Size: The collection comprises approximately 4,100 books, periodicals and pieces of documentation.
Accessibility: The books and periodicals are for library use only. They are all listed in the KB online public catalogue.
More information: Anna Rademakers - 070-3140780.
G. Beal. Playingcards and their story. Newton Abbot [etc.] : David & Charles, 1975. Shelf mark: BRIDGE 3215 P. 68.
S.J. Simon. Waarom u bij het bridgen verliest : (robberbridge). Voor Nederland [uit het Engels] bew. door E.C. Goudsmit en H.W. Filarski. Amsterdam : Strengholt, 1960. Shelf mark: BRIDGE 2754. Cover.
De volmaakte kaartspeler of praktische handleiding tot het gemakkelijk leeren van de meest gebruikelijke kaartspelen. 5e dr. Amsterdam : Campagne, [191X]. Shelf mark: BRIDGE 1477. Cover.
Edmond Emilius Nadorp (1934-1993) was a well-known estate agent in The Hague who had a passion for bridge. He had been a player of bridge since his boyhood, first within the family circle and later as a member of a club. But above all he started reading and buying books on bridge at an early age. When he was fifteen he began systematically building up a collection, making purchases both within the country and abroad. In this way his collection grew in a relatively short time into one of the largest in the world. In 1983 Nadorp became a co-founder of the Denksportcentrum (Mental Game Centre) at Pulchri Studio, and he played with bridge clubs such as 'Up en Down' and the Haagse Oefenclub (The Hague Exercise Club, HOC). He also frequently attended various tournaments and foursome competitions, such as the Hoechst tournaments and the Red Cross Drives.
After his death, the family donated his collection to the KB. The collection is varied and comprehensive. Among its earlier titles, for example, are books on whist, a popular card game that can be regarded as the forerunner of today's bridge. Titles by 20th-century bridge celebrities such as Ely Culbertson and Charles Goren are all there in more than one edition, while the work of Dutch authors such as FW Goudsmit and HW Filarski are amply represented. Naturally the contemporary works by Cees Sint and Ton Schipperheyn are fully accounted for as well. The collection also offers titles on other card games, from 'klaverjassen' (a popular Dutch game) to poker, along with works on the history of the game and of playing cards. The KB has assumed the task of further expanding the collection by acquiring new and older books.
Nadorp and his wife, Carla de Jong, had already published a catalogue of his collection. After the donated books and periodicals were catalogued by the KB, a catalogue was published that includes Nadorp's own catalogue. Its publication coincided with the exhibition Boeken over bridge. Een selectie uit de bridgebibliotheek van E.E. Nadorp (1934-1993) (Books on Bridge: A Selection from the Bridge Library of E.E. Nadorp, 1934-1993), held from 13 February through 9 April 1998 in the KB.
Bridge-bibliotheek Nadorp : kaartspelen in het algemeen en bridge in het bijzonder. 3rd ed. 's-Gravenhage : Haags Centrum voor Onderwijsbegeleiding, 1993, IX, 415 p.
Boeken over bridge : catalogus van de bridgebibliotheek van E.E. Nadorp (1934-1993). Den Haag : Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1998, 488 p.
'E.E. Nadorp, estate agent 1934-1993'. In: Collectors and collections. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 1789-1998. Zwolle : Waanders, 1998, p. 184-185.