Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe


The 27th International Rare Book & Autograph Fair is proud to exhibit the Archives of the Préfecture de Police


The Archives and Museum of the Préfecture de Police

Heir to the Prévôté de Paris, then the Lieutenance Générale de Police (1667), the Préfecture de Police was founded by article 16 of the law passed on 28 Pluviose in year VIII (17 February 1800). Its mission was defined in the order passed on 12 Messidor (1 July 1800).
The Préfecture de Police was founded in 1800 in an effort to rationalise and centralise, after the French Revolution confirmed the administrative legitimacy of the archives, which were already considerable at the time.

Despite the fire at the Préfet de Police headquarters during the Paris Commune, and the destruction of the archives hoarded between 1871 and 1914 at the start of the First World War, the archives of the Préfecture de Police remain an essential source of information for researchers and historians seeking to clearly understand our history, and in particular our recent history.
Judiciary identity office: the judiciary ledgers office. – 1 photogr. pos.: B&W; 29 x 22 cm
La Conciergerie prison: record of prisoner arrival of François Ravaillac, condemned for the assassination of King Henri IV, on 14 May 1610 (1610, 16 May) (detail).

The Préfecture de Police has its own archives, which are part of the "Service de la Mémoire et des Affaires Culturelles" (SMAC), and report directly to the Prefect's office. The Préfecture de Police, with the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defence, is one of the State entities that is not bound by any obligation towards the National Archives and is entitled to manage and preserve its own definitive archives independently.

Sealed letters, criminal trials, records from former prisons in Paris, police orders, administrative documents, sensitive files from the Occupation, the Liberation of Paris, the war in Algeria and May 1968...  these are just some examples of the documents that have been preserved and classified by theme.
Police Treaty describing the history of its establishment and the prerogatives of its magistrates... / by M. Delamare, King's counsellor at Châtelet. – Paris: Michel Brunet, 1713. – 4 vol. (pag. mult.) : ill. ; 40 cm.
Garde de la Prévôté... / C[harles] Eisen del.; de Fehrt sculp. – [XVIII century]. – 1 est. : etching in colour; 34 x 22 cm (im.), 40 x 26 cm (f.).
Extract from: Nouveau recueil de troupes qui forment la Garde et Maison du Roy...
Georges Cadoudal, dit Larive, dit Masson. Chef des brigands, auteur de la machine infernale du 3 nivôse an 9 ... / [Adrien Godefroy fils]. – Paris: chez Martinet, [1804]. – 1 est. : colour etching: 16.5 x 13.5 cm

The historical archives of the Paris Préfecture de Police entered an agreement with a museum, founded in 1909 by the Prefect Louis Lépine, that retraces the history of the Paris police force since the 17th century. Representing almost 9km of shelf space, the archives are made up of files from the official duties and activities of different departments, and only contain documents from within the Préfecture's official remit and its geographical territory, which corresponds to the former Seine department and represents the city of Paris and the immediately adjacent departments today.
They are classified by theme or period in 18 series: the Prefect's Office (1869-1970), mental homes and remand centres (series C), press files (series E), the department of municipal police and public law and order (series F), general intelligence and remand files (series G), etc. 3,500 researchers from all over the world visit the archives every year to gain access to this wealth of information that can be freely consulted, or may be subject to a policy of ad hoc derogation requests.

Another department of the "Service de la Mémoire et des Affaires Culturelles" (SMAC) is the "Musique des Gardiens de la Paix", founded in 1929, which includes a harmonic orchestra and a brass band made up of 122 highly qualified musicians. They regularly perform all over France and abroad. They also actively contribute to educational activities and the prevention of delinquency.

Useful information:
Archives et musée de la Préfecture de Police
Préfecture de Police Cabinet du préfet
Service de la Mémoire et des Affaires Culturelles
9, bd du Palais
75195 Paris Cedex 04

Salle de lecture des archives
25, rue Baudin
93310 Le Pré-Saint-Gervais

The reading room is open to the public from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. No annual closure.
Access: metro line 5, Hoche station.
Registration is free for any adult presenting a valid means of identification.
The archives can be published according to the conditions of the French Heritage Code.
Musée de la Préfecture de Police
Commissariat des 5e et 6e arrondissements
4, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève
75005 Paris

The museum is open to the public from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Saturday opening: enquire first.
Group visits: 

Access: metro line 10, Maubert-Mutualité station
Free entry



2015 006: Francis Ponge. Parade pour Jacques Hérold - Poem poster 1954 (Jacques Hérold illuminated Francis Ponge's text with watercolours)

2015 009 : Roger Giroux - L’arbre le temps-Paris Mercure de France , 1964 - Binding by Bernard Bichon 2005

2015 008: Alfred Jarry- Ubu Roi - illustrated by eight etchings by Matta
20 years !
Jacques Doucet was aware that he never completed his project, and always hoped that someone else would continue his work. And there was no shortage of volunteers, in particular all those who took charge of the library bearing his name. While the library acquired many literary treasures and authors' archives through donations, inheritances or purchases made using the annual budget, many items were only obtained thanks to the ceaseless and vigilant efforts of François Chapon, Yves Peyré, Sabine Coron and, since 2012, Isabelle Diu.
The society of the "Amis de la Bibliothèque Jacques Doucet", which was refounded in 1995 under the name Doucet Littérature, has also played a significant role alongside the library's administrators, in enriching the collections. With more than 100 members, and constantly growing, the society today intends to commemorate its 20th anniversary in style, by exhibiting some of the articles that it helped to acquire.
Thanks to a motivated and efficient team of university lecturers, people of letters, art lovers, book lovers and patrons, the society has been able to acquire books, decorative bindings, manuscripts and letters, portraits and other documents, to restore books and manuscripts, etc.
One example of its diligence: whenever an exceptional document that could fill a gap in the library's collections appears in a bookseller's catalogue or a public sale, Doucet Littérature, and in particular the members of the Patrons Circle, immediately intervenes to find the necessary resources, acquire the object and put it in the place that was waiting for it in the library.
The society also helps the library's management with advice, suggestions and material help, such as organising exhibitions and seminars, publishing first editions, encouraging donations, creating a web site and contributing to purchases that outstrip the annual budget. In this way, the society hopes to contribute to the renown of an establishment for researchers only and that is little known amongst the general public, despite the wealth of its collections.
A stand at the prestigious Grand Palais, generously provided by the "Syndicat de la librairie ancienne et moderne" in honour of the society's 20th anniversary, will doubtless heighten its visibility, attract more members and develop its means of taking action along the paths opened up by Jacques Doucet. In 1916 he created the literary library, which he never stopped enriching, before donating it to the universities of Paris in 1932.
The testimony of these first 20 years raises the hope that Doucet Littérature will become better known and will attract collectors and visitors interested in this unique example of cultural heritage.

Two round tables will be organised during the fair:
Friday 24 April, 7pm to 8pm: In praise of donations
Saturday 25 April, 7pm to 8pm: With Michel Leiris at Doucet
Espace de l'orchestre, Nef Sud

Stand I11, Nef sud

Les Amis de la Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet
8 place du Panthéon,75005 Paris
Tel. 01 46 33 84 83
Fax. 01 43 29 12 09


Jean-Emile Laboureur illustrated Aristophanes' “Peace”, translated by Louis Martin-Chauffier and published in 1930
Founded in 1923, the "Association des Bibliophiles du Palais" aims to bring together members of the legal professions who want to unite their efforts to create works that are original by their quality of print, page layout and illustrations. Since 1923, the association has published 39 works, in limited quantities that never exceed 200 copies of each book. The works do not necessarily have a legal theme. The themes tends to be literary, revealing a distinctly eclectic taste that embraces Aristophanes and Sophocles, but also Julien Green or Alejo Carpentier.
The illustrators are often well known beyond book lovers' circles, and the numerous artists who have worked with the association have made a significant contribution to the renown of the works that it has published. "Les Bibliophiles du Palais" have called on Louis Jou, Laboureur, Daragnès, Raoul Dufy, Jean Cocteau, Léonor Fini, Paul Delvaux, Yves Brayer, Decaris and Piaubert.
The latest work published by the "Bibliophiles du Palais" in 2014 is a symbol in itself.The beautiful and touching text written by the author and lawyer François Sureau, entitled "Le chemin des morts", is illustrated by the artist Jacques Rohaut, who is now an honorary barrister. They both perfectly incarnate the traditional and close ties that unite law, literature and the arts in the shared love of fine works.

Stand I12, Nef sud

To contact the "Bibliophiles du Palais":


Cover by Daniel Knoderer on Brelin Le Frou, text and drawings by Gisèle Prassinos, Editions Belfond, 1975.
Black lamb skin with coloured letters, painted wood pegs screwed onto the cover, counter-guards in stippled lamb skin. Cover dated in March 1998.
In the land of a thousand and one boxes.. of books
These dark green huts, manned by the 237 booksellers on the banks of the Seine (81 women and 156 men) come rain or shine, form an incredible open-air bookshop offering more than 300,000 works from 1  January to 31 December.
These unique "bouquinistes" prompted Jean Dutourd to claim that: "Paris is the only city in the world where the river flows between two bookshops! ".
The "bouquinistes" are to Paris, what the gondoliers are to Venice.
You will have a chance to meet them on their association's stand at the forthcoming International Rare Book & Autograph Fair, where they will be happy to talk to you about their wonderful trade.

At the fair, they are organizing an exhibition of covers by Daniel Knoderer, one of the leading figures of European bookbinding over the last 35 years. A broad selection of his creations on load from a Parisian library will be on show, including some of his latest productions.
Daniel Knoderer was born in 1949 and is one of the few bookbinders who have succeeded in rejuvenating the world of contemporary bookbinding. Without making any concessions to the bookbinding of the past, except technically, he has renewed his know-how in order to offer covers that reflect the spirit of the 21st century.
Not to be missed, his works are well worth contemplating.

Stand E4, Nef sud

Jérôme Callais, Chairman of the "Association 
Culturelle des Bouquinistes de Paris"




An invitation to travel across France through books.

These eight "Book Villages", which have now formed a federation, are destinations for cultural tourists. They have united their efforts and actions to promote antique and second-hand books in these exceptional venues and to stem rural desertification by building a local economy that has already proven its worth.

This discreet, yet ambitious, economic, social and cultural fabric brings together more than 90 booksellers and bookshops, craftsmen and artists who all share the same passion for books and reading, a common quest for adventure and nature, by creating living and working surroundings that range from the classic to the inventive. These newcomers have brought a genuine breath of fresh air to the French countryside, with their armfuls of boxes crammed with books, much to the delight of the locals, tourists and book lovers.

These people of letters are the very expression of skills and know-how, availability and attention. The instrument of their labour is patience. They form bonds, they convey words, phrases and ideas, they protect the future of their books by putting them in good, caring and benevolent hands. Every day of the year, in every aisle and every darkest corner of the bookshops in the winding streets and on the squares of France's villages, colourful crowds of quiet visitors take their time to delve into this huge collection of almost 2 million vintage books, manuscripts, letters, registers, diaries, tracts, posters, photos and music scores that can be found in the Book Villages. And every one of them leaves feeling triumphant, with their new-found booty, from all countries, all ages, in all formats, at all prices and from every sphere of knowledge or fiction. Lucky books that outlive their authors, their readers and even their sellers.

On the occasion of the prestigious International Rare Book & Autograph Fair, the ambassadors of these unique venues will be happy to welcome you and to invite you to discover the wealth of their remarkable heritage, their authentic and unique regions and the special events that they hold. You can also enjoy images of the villages, projected on a screen.

The "Fédération des Villages du Livre" is also happy to announce that it has joined the bookseller Jean-Denis Touzot's project to create a network linking all the important sites related to books in France, the "Parcours du Livre". 

The "Fédération des Villages du Livre" is pleased to present:

Henry Miller, Mejores no hay !
A journey through Spain, photographed by Denise Bellon
An exhibit designed and produced by Claire Giovanangeli-Taoussi, from the "Musée des Arts et Métiers du Livre", Montolieu

When Henry Miller arrived in France in 1953, it was the first time he had returned to the Old Continent since the 1930s. One of his old friends whom he absolutely wanted to meet again was Joseph Delteil, who lived with his wife Caroline near Montpellier. The reunion took place in early May. Miller was accompanied by the beautiful Eve, whom he had recently married, and her sister, Louise with her husband, the Israeli artist Bezalel Schatz. The Delteils were preparing a short trip to Spain, and they invited the two couples to join them. The photographer, Denise Bellon, came along too. The two couples set off on their journey through Franco's Spain onboard two cars. Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo, Madrid, Zaragossa... Henry Miller took notes, while Denise Bellon took photos of the happy team. As soon as he returned to Big Sur in California, Miller wrote the tale of the journey in a book entitled "Mejores no Hay!", which could be translated by   There's nothing better!. A title that evokes his happy memories of the adventure. Miller planned to publish the text together with the photos taken by Denise Bellon. But the book never saw the light of day. At least, not until 60 years later.

Denise Bellon: a wandering eye
Depicted in the colours of the time and the days, Denise Bellon's collection of photos is an engrossing diary of a life lived in harmony with her times. In the 1930s, Denise Bellon (1902-1999) discovered photography and joined the crew at Alliance Photo, one of the first photographic agencies. She went on missions in Eastern Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Finland and criss-crossed French West Africa. She immortalised the surrealist exhibitions, of which she was a great lover. She met numerous artists on the way: Jacques Prévert, André Breton, Claude Roy, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Jean Giono, Simone de Beauvoir, etc.

Adventurous and free photographs that challenge the conventions
Denise Bellon was a free and independent woman who explored photography in all its diversity by her intuition only, and without joining any aesthetic schools or following any movements: photo documentaries, portraits, industrial views, landscapes, materials, still life, scenic views... Her photos express a fantasy, a desire to explore new fields, the refusal to follow a conventional career. A strict stylistic line that forms a unity and a contribution to the new vocabulary of photography. A wandering vision that is expressed by the apparent diversity.

Why did I chose photography?
Its magical dimension always fascinated me. Just by pressing a button, I can stop time, Man's eternal enemy, his perpetual source of anguish, and bring time to heel. It was a little piece of eternity. In the struggle between Man and time, Man had finally won a round. Denise Bellon did not occupy the place she deserves in modern photography during her lifetime. Her versatility, which she developed without conforming, makes it difficult to place her in any movement. Denise Bellon's work, irrespective of the sectors of reality that she visited, can be characterised by the freedom of her attitude to beings and things. Mainly known for her photographs of the surrealist exhibitions, her discreet personality and the course of history were not conducive to the promotion of her work, which comprises some 22,000 pictures.

Henry Miller. Mejores no hay! A journey through Spain, photographed by Denise Bellon. Translated by Georges Belmont. Preface by Frédéric Jacques Temple. Post-face by Éric Le Roy. Éditions Finitude, 2012.

Images of all the "Villages du livre" will be projected on the screen 

Presence of the bookseller Jean-Denis Touzot, with his "Les Parcours du Livre", a project that the "Fédération des Villages du Livre" has joined
Presentation on Sunday 26 April at 4.30pm in the "Espace de l'Orchestre". Nef sud.

Stand i13, Nef sud


Everything you wanted to know about old books but were afraid to ask
The fair, which is open to both informed book lovers and newcomers, features a stand to initiate book lovers and that will welcome visitors throughout the event. Booksellers who are members of SLAM answer any questions budding collectors might have while accompanying them in their first purchase and sharing their expertise and passion. The works presented on this stand are carefully selected by the exhibitors for their interest and affordable price.

Stand D15-D16, Nef ouest


Several times a day, an initiation tour will take place to discover the wealth and diversity of the collections on show at the fair. Organised by booksellers from the SLAM, these guided visits will reveal the keys to a better understanding of these objects belonging to our heritage.



Concerts every day, plus the "Musique des Gardiens de la Paix" orchestra.

The "Musique des Gardiens de la Paix" from the "Préfecture de Police" is a professional formation of 114 musicians that was founded in 1929. It takes part in the official ceremonies in its governing institution and of the City of Paris, and in many musical events in France and abroad.

Nef sud


Each year, the SLAM awards a bibliography prize to a quality project in reward for studies of old and modern books, literature, publishing, illustrations, bookbinding, the history of books, libraries or simply the love of books.

The 2014 prize was awarded to Éric Bertin: Chronology of Victor Hugo's books printed in France between 1819 and 1851. Preface by Jean-Marc Hovasse. Alfortville: Librairie Jérôme Doucet, 2013.

The 2015 prize-giving ceremony will take place during the fair on Saturday 25 April, at midday in the "Espace de l'Orchestre".