Roelof van Gelder
Roelof van Gelder is an historian who worked as an editor for the daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad for many years. His books include Amsterdam from 1275 to 1795 (1983) and several titles on the Dutch East India Company: Traces of the Company (1988), The Dutch East Indian Adventure (1997), In the Company’s Service (2002) and Naporra’s Detour (2003). In 2005 he spent six months studying Dutch letters dating back to pre-modern times in the National Archives in London and in 2008 he published Seapost. Undelivered letters from the 17th and 18th century. To Paradise on Earth has been nominated for the Libris History Prize 2013.