The International Antiquarian Book Fair welcomed in 2014 as a guest of honour the Archives du ministère des Affaires Étrangères
GUEST OF HONOUR
EXHIBITION OF THE ARCHIVES OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
In 1680, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Charles Colbert de Croissy took the initiative of having his correspondence with foreign countries bound, together with that of his predecessors. Through this very material act, he created a tool which is essential to the continuity of public action, thereby ensuring the preservation and transmission of a corpus of documents which would become the initial core of an exceptional heritage collection. As the heir to the service born of this initiative and entirely independent of the National Archives, the Archives Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to play its dual role of serving the original administration by providing diplomats with the documents necessary to the exercise of their profession and contributing to historical research by promoting and communicating these archives to researchers.
The diplomatic archives have been enhanced over time with regular contributions from the different departments, the recovery of state records, purchases and donations from private individuals. They include the precious collection of agreements and treaties signed by the French state (more than 25,000 files ranging from the 15th century to the present day), collections incorporated over time such as the Richelieu papers, the Chavigny collection (including 26 love letters from King Henry IV to Marie de' Medici!), the Saint-Simon manuscripts, the Bonaparte papers and the files of ministers and ambassadors who made their names in the fields of both politics and literature (there are numerous examples from Beaumarchais to Claudel and Saint-John-Perse and including Stendhal and Chateaubriand). This incredible wealth of content is combined with a wide range of forms and media: as an annex to the dispatches, it is not uncommon to find engravings and, since the 1850s, photographs which bear witness to or document diplomatic action. A collection of historic and contemporary maps and an extensive library boasting 450,000 volumes complete this collection which is now housed, conserved and communicated at two sites, one in La Courneuve (central administration) and the other in Nantes (repatriated archives).
Portrait of a Russian peasant woman:
in Account of Muscovy by the Duke of Liria,
Spanish Ambassador to Russia, 1731.
Imperial capitulations granted to the King of France by the Ottoman Sultan Mahmoud I in 1740 (detail).
Poster of the Renaud-Barrault troupe: lithograph by Raoul Dufy,
signed by Jean-Louis Barrault for the Alliance française de Bogota, 1956.
Arnold Vissière, Interpreter of the French legation in Beijing,
and Lo Feung Lo, Secretary to Viceroy Li Hong-Tchang, circa 1884.
Marriage contact between the French Dauphin (the future Louis XVI) and the Archduchess of Austria,
Marie-Antoinette: Austrian instrument of ratification, Vienna, 23 April 1770.
Telegram dated 24 May 1950 and signed by Hervé Alphand, Director of Economic Affairs,
announcing the opening of negotiations for the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)
in accordance with the Schuman Declaration (9 May).
Caricature of a diplomat: in the Album comique des Affaires étrangères, by Joseph Mollard, 1869.
Plan of a fortified town in the Ukraine,
presented to the King of France by an officer in the Polish army of French extraction, 1678.
EXPOSITIONS / ANIMATIONS
Founded on 23 June 1914 on the initiative of 29 member booksellers, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne is celebrating its centenary this year. To commemorate this event and recall the cultural role of booksellers throughout history, an exhibition will be organised during the fair to pay homage to a profession which has long recognised the importance of working together to make action more visible.
To highlight the activity of booksellers past and present, different documents will present the major figures of book selling, the history of the SLAM, its code of conduct, the reality of the profession down the centuries, past presidents and more.
Defending the profession, making it known, circulating books, passing on heritage and implementing a policy of communication vis-à-vis the public - these are the goals that this professional organisation has set itself. The International Antiquarian Book Fair is a major event and it was entirely natural to pay homage to booksellers and their history with dedicated area at the heart of the event.
Stand C7 - west aisle
Innovative technology in the service of antiquarian works
The Laboratory of Digital Humanities at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed holographic windows which it presented at the Martin Bodmer Foundation in Geneva in 2013 during the exhibition. The reader at work. These windows will be presented for the first time in France at the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris.
© Alain Herzog / EPFL
The works presented in each window - 13th and 14th century manuscripts (facsimiles for the presentation at the Grand Palais) - will be highlighted with the projection of texts and images thanks to a wealth of computerised and interactive documentation.
The mechanism allows images to be juxtaposed around a real document and to isolate or enlarge certain sections. The images seem to float in the air like a hologram. When the visitor approaches, a grid appears as if projected onto the manuscript to guide the eyes, emphasising minuscule details such as annotations, comments or calligraphic signs, while new pieces of information appear to rise from the page, standing out from the text to give it an extra dimension. While contemplating the work, the visitor can also admire the rich content. These "intelligent" windows are a major innovation in the field of museography.
Thanks to the visual scenography modelled on the text, the visitor enjoys a unique encounter with a real object with his or her attention no longer being divided between the document and the accompanying explanation. "We are attempting to invent a new museographical language combining the direct experience of the work and its explanation in a single area," explains Frédéric Kaplan, Director of the Laboratory of Digital Humanities. Physical and intellectual encounters are thus combined in a single experience thanks to a new kind of narrative mechanism.
Stand H11-H12 - south aisle
Frédéric Kaplan - Director of the Laboratory of Digital Humanities at the EPFL
Luc Meier - EPFL MEDIACOM
For more information, visit:
LES AMIS DE LA RELIURE ORIGINALE
Exhibition of decorative bindings
The Société de la Reliure Originale was founded in 1945 on the initiative of Julien Cain, the then administrator of the Bibliothèque nationale de Paris, and the binder Paul Bonet. Only five other binders were deemed worthy of membership: Rose Adler, Robert Bonfïls, Georges Cretté, Henri Creuzevault and Jacques Anthoine-Legrain. Sixteen bibliophiles answered the call of the founders together with three booksellers: Pierre Berès, Georges Blaizot and Georges Heilbrun. That brought the total number of members to 26. The first steering committee comprised André Rodocanachi, Chairman, Paul Bonet, Vice-Chairman, Jacques Guignard, Secretary General, and Henri Creuzevault,Treasurer.
The aim of the association was to support binders creating original works. It did so by employing any means likely to promote knowledge and taste, in particular through quality exhibitions.
For 25 years - until 1970 - it organised exhibitions every six years at the Bibliothèque nationale de Paris in the Mazarine Gallery and participated in events in New York, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Zurich. In 1975, it exhibited in Brussels.
In 1979, the society revised its articles of association and changed its name to Les Amis de la Reliure Originale. In this form, the ARO limited membership solely to bibliophiles. This is its current form.
Since then, the ARO has organised a number of major events, including in Monaco (1983), at the Grolier Club in New York (1987), at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal on contemporary American bindings (1990), at the Maison de la Poésie with a collection of bindings from books illustrated by Picasso (1991) and at the Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris. The exhibition "Max Jacob dans ses livres" (1994) and the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the association (1995).
Committed to promoting quality craftsmanship and original decoration, the ARO organises regular competitions with the winners receiving an order for a binding paid for by the association and intended for a book belonging to a major public library. The winners have included, among others, Pierre-Lucien Martin (1948), Germaine de Coster (1951), Alain Lobstein and Monique Mathieu (1961), Nadine Auffret (1980) and Sandra Aftalion (2009). The ARO has also participated, in varying capacities, in bindings exhibitions organised in Rheims, Nantes and Metz. In partnership with the Conseil Régional de Bourgogne, the association invited 19 binders to create bindings for rare or precious works on behalf of the municipal libraries of Burgundy. Every year since 1994, the ARO has organised the "Exposition Ephémère".
The exhibition which we have the honour of organising at the International Antiquarian Book Fair will bring together approximately 120 works from 29 of the leading contemporary French artists: Sandra Aftalion, Brigitte Benoist, Nathalie Berjon, Louise Bescond, Bernard Bichon, Annie Boige, François Brindeau, Anick Butre, Claude Debras, Alain Devauchelle, Sün Evrard, Christine Fabre-Bourgeois, Philippe Fie, Sylvie Frege, Christine Giard, Anne Giordan, Martine Grive, Nobuko Kiyomiya, Daniel Knoderer, Alain Koren, Anne Lemeteil, Monique Mathieu, Daniel-Henri Mercher, Florent Rousseau, Ana Ruiz-Larrea, Hélène Segal, Alain Taral, Renaud Vernier and Jacky Vignon.
The presentation will also include decorative bindings created by 7 foreign binders including 5 Belgian artists (Brother Edgard Claes, Anne Goy, Jacqueline Liekens, Hugo Liesen and Véronique Van Mol) and 2 Swiss artists (Jean Luc Honegger and Edwin Heim).
The bindings on show have been selected from the most notable works of each creator for the originality of their decoration and their relevance to the book within, the quality of the craftsmanship and, in the case of very recent bindings, the use of new materials.
Stand H13 - south aisle
For all information, contact:
Claude Blaizot, 164 Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
T. : 01 43 59 36 58 / firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCOVERING ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS
Everything you always wanted to know about antiquarian books but never dared to ask
Every year, an introduction to book collecting stand has welcomed visitors throughout the duration of the fair. 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 B9-B12 - west aisle
An introductory visit is organised several times a day, exploring the richness and diversity of the works presented at the fair. These visits are conducted by booksellers who are members of SLAM.
Visits start from the welcome stand at the entrance to the fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at midday and 4 p.m.
Concerts every day of the fair performed by the talented students of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Strings and piano. Romantic and classical repertoire.
DISCOVERING THE ASSOCIATION CULTURELLE DES BOUQUINISTES DE PARIS
They are to Paris what the gondoliers are to Venice...
Their boxes are as green as the Wallace drinking fountains and Parisian park benches, but that is where the resemblance ends. Many people feel their elongated form is reminiscent of a coffin, with their sloping lids paying reverence on the pavement side when closed and towards the river Seine when open, revealing their treasure to the passers-by.
Sitting in groups of four or five on top of the curved stone parapet along the quays at the very heart of Paris, these are the boxes of the Bouquinistes, the marginals of the book-selling trade, open-air merchants of the intellect.
Established on both banks of the river, from the Louvre to the Pont Marie on the right bank and from the Rue du Bac to the Institut du Monde Arabe on the left bank, the thousand boxes of these curious booksellers constitute a huge open-air book store containing more than 300,000 works! Today more than ever, the bouquinistes still play a role on a book market weakened, among other things, by competition from the Internet. Often generalists and sometimes erudite specialists in the most diverse fields (heraldry, arts, linguistics, detective novels, comic strips, travel, sports, etc.), 81 women and 157 men ply this trade all year round from January 1 to December 31 in almost any weather. As water remains their arch enemy, you will not find them working in the rain or worse, the all-pervasive snow unless they have been taken by surprise...
Their number varies with the fates, few give up or retire and year in year out, there are roughly 240 of them with 91 on the right bank and 147 on the left bank - the traditional home of the universities, book stores, publishers and printers. Of all ages - the oldest among them was born in 1917 while the youngest only came into the world in 1991 - they exercise the same profession but each individual has his or her own manner and keeps his or her own hours. Very few began their professional careers as bouquinistes, hence the rich and diverse nature of the people you might meet as you stroll along the quays and of the numerous treasures you might find inside their famous boxes!
This is the second time the Association Culturelle des Bouquinistes de Paris has attended the International Antiquarian Book Fair in the Grand Palais. As the missing, or complementary, link between sellers of new books and sellers of rare book, they will talk to you and enthusiastically induct you into the magnificent world of their profession. For more information from the Chairman, Jérôme Callais, his treasurer Sylvie Mathias or his secretary Michel Bouetard, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Stand D5 - south aisle
The Breslauer ILAB Bibliography Prize
, organised by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, is awarded every four years to the author of the most remarkable work to have been published in the vast domain of bibliography. This prize recognises an academic work in this field and promotes the League's support for the scholarly works which are of such great importance to the profession. A substantial donation from the Breslauer Foundation, founded by Bernard H. Breslauer (1918-2004), a member of ILAB and bibliography enthusiast, together with other donations have guaranteed the future of this prize for many years to come.And the winner is…JAMES BOND!
The 16th Prize was awarded to Jon Gilbert for his bibliography of Ian Fleming and his work: JON GILBERT: IAN FLEMING. THE BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Preface by Fergus Fleming. Introduction by Michael L. Vanblaricum. Published by Brad Frank.
London, Queen Anne Press, 2012.
The jury consisted of Félix de Marez Oyens (President of the Breslauer Foundation), David Adams (University of Manchester), Jean-Marc Chatelain (BnF), Poul Jan Poulsen (Aldus Antikvariat), Umberto Pregliasco (Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco) and Arnoud Gerits (A. Gerits & Son).
This remarkably meticulous work covers all aspects of the works of Ian Fleming including the manuscripts, the corrected and uncorrected proofs, first editions and others as well as the pocket editions,
giving an idea of the creation of a book and the path it follows until it is published. This bibliography present everything it is possible to know about Fleming and his writing. It shows that modern authors are not only attractive to collectors but that they also deserve an exhaustive bibliographical work. The work includes almost 400 colour photographs on 32 plates and almost 1,000 black and white illustrations in the text.The prize will be awarded during the fair at midday on Saturday 12 April in the orchestra area, south aisle
The SLAM, a hundred years young
The Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (National Association of Antiquarian and Modern Booksellers) was founded in 1914. Its long history shows that the field of book selling was quick to adopt a collective vision of its role in transmitting written heritage.
Promoting and even defending antiquarian books and the reading thereof requires the combined efforts of the numerous players in the field of book selling, each specialising in a given field but all contributing to achieving the same objective.
Some eminent booksellers had for some years already envisaged creating an association with the aim of facilitating the circulation of books and sharing ideas on book collecting.
At a time when red tape and the plethora of regulations had not yet reached the pinnacle of modern refinement, booksellers were in no way driven by the defence of sectoral interests. Even today, the relationships of antiquarian booksellers with the administration occupy only a very small part of the work of the SLAM's executives. However, they must constantly train their members with regard to changes in the regulations or jurisprudence.
During the Great War, as in many specialist fields, the trade of antiquarian books was put on hold until the Armistice and the first President of the association, Edgar Rahir, remained in office for 7 years instead of the 3 years initially scheduled. He was assisted by advisers such as Auguste Blaizot, Georges Chrétien and Léon Carteret, names which are still familiar today to anyone involved in the field of book collecting. The first tangible project at the end of the war was to create a journal, the Bouquiniste français, intended as a forum for discussion between booksellers and with amateurs who could submit questions or research. Gradually, the communication policy became more elaborate. The policy included the foundation of an International League of Antiquarian Booksellers in Copenhagen in 1948 by ten countries (including France) to consolidate the reconciliation of the peoples; the creation and organisation of an international fair in the 1980s, initially at the Conciergerie in Paris then at the Mutualité and since 2007 at the Grand Palais; regular training courses for bibliophiles; and the publication of a guide for novices to the field in 2013.
The French association has always played a key role within the International League due to the specific bibliophile culture in our country. Three memorable conferences were held in Paris in 1950, 1961 and 1988. We are once again proud to be hosting the elite of international book selling in 2014 for three days of extraordinary visits organised at the Arsenal and the François Mitterrand Library, the Château de Chantilly, the Mazarine Library and the Petit-Palais in private exhibitions bearing witness to the rich diversity of our national written heritage.
The SLAM also contributes to maintaining strict ethical rules of the profession in a market poisoned by illegal trade and threatened by speculation. It provides for dialogue between administrations, private individuals and professionals. A watchdog body in liaison with the authorities alerts the market and the public authorities in the event of fraud committed by individuals or organised groups while an ethics committee ensures compliance with the rules of the trade.
In the space of one century, 28 booksellers have held the reins of the association through both difficult periods and more successful times. Term after term, teams of volunteers - supported by a general delegate - seamlessly hand over the torch of fostering the public's taste for beautiful books and manuscripts, supporting bibliophiles in their quests and expressing a penchant which many keep to themselves as if it were shameful or inaccessible to others.
At present, the SLAM boasts 250 members, a figure which has remained stable for decades, and its activity relies entirely on the contributions of its members without any other support, either public or private.
President of the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne
(National Association of Antiquarian and Modern Booksellers)