SATURDAY APRIL 13th 2019
ACCESS TO THE FAIR
On Saturday 13th April, pedestrian access to the Grand Palais will only be possible via the Alexandre III Bridge. The Grand Palais area being located in a no-car zone, no vehicle access whatever will be permitted.
Please ensure you bring your invitation with you, in order to present it at the checkpoint located at the end of the Bridge.
A Fair team will be present to greet visitors without tickets, and accompany them to the ticket office, subject to their passing through the checkpoint.
Public transport: Metro stations between Charles de Gaulle Etoile and Tuileries (Line 1) will be closed, as well as Miromesnil station (Lines 9 and 13), Invalides station (Lines 8 and 13), Assemblée Nationale station (Line 12) and Varenne station (Line 13).
We suggest you alight at the La Tour Maubourg station (Line 8) and access the Grand Palais via the Alexandre III Bridge (approximately 16 minutes walk).
In June 1984, at the initiative of its President Jeanne Laffite, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM)
organised by the first International Antiquarian Book Fair
at the Conciergerie in Paris. The event held in this historic building was a major success and every two years, booksellers from around the world adopted the habit of travelling to Paris to exhibit a wide variety of exceptional documents.
In 1993, the Book Fair took up residence in the Maison de la Mutualité, with the bibliophilic event becoming an annual encounter in 1995.
Since April 2007, the nave of the Grand Palais has played joint host to the Antiquarian Book Fair
organized by the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, and the International Print and Drawing Fair
organized by the Chambre Syndicale de l'Estampe, du Dessin et du Tableau.
In 2015, the International Antiquarian Book, Print and Drawing Fair
, became the International Rare Book, Autograph, Print and Drawing Fair
, and in 2016 the SLAM became the organizer of the entire event.
In 2017, the SLAM will form a partnership with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.) to present the International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair.
Now the finest event of its kind in France, and one of the most significant in the world, the 2017 edition will present some 150 booksellers from around the globe, all affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)
, together with fine arts experts affiliated to the C.N.E.S. A veritable treasure trove, and a unique occasion to discover the finest array of exceptionnal, rare, or unusual pieces.
Visitors are invited to take a fabulous journey following the traces left by the human mind over the centuries.
From manuscripts to avant-garde works, from a letter from François I to a note written by Marcel Proust, from 13th-century psalters to futuristic manifestos, aficionados can explore the shelves of an immense "book store" bursting with an endless variety of documents in their thousands representingevery era, every style, every medium.
Figurative works, abstract works, engraved wood, etchings, lithographs, sanguine drawings, ink-wash paintings and watercolours… A stroll around the alleys of the fair is a journey of discovery through timeless artistic expressions with a universal heritage value.