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



Institute for Contemporary Publishing Archives (IMEC) (D24, West Nave)

a commitment to excellence for an outstanding written heritage



One of the most esteemed archive conservation institutes in Europe, the Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine preserves and showcases an exceptional collection dedicated to the history of thought and contemporary arts.
Since its establishment, the IMEC has contributed to raising awareness of research on literary, publishing, artistic and intellectual life.

Sketches and manuscripts, letters, notes and workbooks, translations, graphic and photographic works, audiovisual documents, digital files, first editions and documents… this rich, largely unpublished collection, documents a key part of the history of ideas and forms, and recreates the fusion of intellectual, writing and artistic ideas of an era.

A general interest association, the institute's role is to manage the resources entrusted to it and to open them up, culturally and educationally, to as wide an audience as possible.


preserve and communicate, a dual objective

Open, right from the beginning to the world of publishing, books and reviews, the collections at the IMEC contain archives of the greatest literary figures of our time – from Jean Paulhan to Marguerite Duras, from Jean Genet to Alain Robbe-Grillet, from Philippe Soupault to Roland Dubillard. The collections in the institute also host a major collection devoted to contemporary thought and social sciences, from Emmanuel Levinas to Jacques Derrida, from Georges Duby to Jean-Pierre Vernant, from Félix Guattari to Edgar Morin. The arts are of course present, in all their diversity: Patrice Chéreau, Gisèle Freund, Jean Hélion, Éric Rohmer, Alain Resnais, Erik Satie, Pierre Schaeffer or Antoine Vitez. The IMEC offers a first-class historical and documentary overview of the publishing, literary and artistic life of the contemporary period.

a cultural and educational role


It only makes sense to preserve this heritage if it reaches as many people as possible. To enable the public to meet writers and researchers, to exchange ideas on works and the major movements in contemporary thought, the IMEC is becoming a leading literary scene in itself. Artistic and cultural education projects accompany the programme and help to raise awareness amongst the young audience. The historic presentation of the monument, writing workshops, exhibition visits and a chance to meet those in the book industry leads to the discovery of the richness of the collection and the importance of the written tradition. Publications, exhibitions, and the loan of articles help raise national and international awareness of the institute's archives.


collect, classify, protect


Entrusted by authors or beneficiaries, publishing houses or cultural associations, the archives are preserved in their entirety, classified in an intellectually consistent way and are carefully archived. Through its various resources and collections (archives of authors and artists, publishing houses, specialist libraries, collections of reviews), the IMEC is piecing together, between publishing, writing, arts and thought, the networks making up the fabric of our cultural life, opening up new research perspectives.


a place dedicated to research


Coming from all over the world to browse the archives, researchers are offered the institute's guidance and advice service as well as the search tools for all resources and collections. Researchers can also stay in Ardenne Abbey. The institute is building a policy of professional and scientific collaboration with the main national and international research institutions. Conferences, workshops and seminars encourage exchanges and showcase archives. Lastly, Ardenne Abbey offers conference rooms, dining and accommodation areas, and a conductive environment for meeting and reflection.


a remarkable site

Founded in the XII century, steeped in history and painstakingly restored, Ardenne Abbey holds all of the IMEC's collections and activities.
The abbey's church, converted into a large library, offers researchers the peace and quiet that monastic buildings offered in the past. The archive building holds the archive handling workshops and storage facilities that meet the strictest conservation and security requirements.
Demonstrations, meetings and exhibitions as well as research and writing workshops are held in the large farmyard, the gardens, tithe barns and the press.
Owned by the regional council of Normandy, classified as an historical monument, the abbey has been awarded the prestigious label of a cultural meeting centre which are historic monuments that sponsor specific cultural projects.



The IMEC receives the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC in Normandy) and the region of Normandy.

Ardenne Abbey
14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe
Tél. +33 (0)2 31 29 37 37
Fax +33 (0)2 31 29 37 36

Paris office
4, avenue Marceau 75008 Paris
Tél. +33 (0)1 53 34 23 23
Fax +33 (0)1 53 34 23 00

Bibliothèque de l’IMEC, © Philippe Delval

Bibliothèque de l’IMEC, © Philippe Delval

Extérieur de l’Abbaye d’Ardenne, © IMEC


The French National Library’s Department of Prints and Photography at the International Rare Book Fair (Mezzanine floor, West Nave)

The Department of Prints and Photography is pleased to participate in the International Rare Book and Art Objects Fair for the twelfth time. This not-to-be-missed event provides the French National Library with the opportunity to present a selection of remarkable works. During the fair, the enthusiastic and enlightened public can thus enjoy access to works which are not often exhibited. It is also the chance for the public to talk to the curators of the collections and to learn more about the department whose reading rooms are open throughout the year to students, artists, researchers and aficionados of graphic arts.

Since it was founded in 1667 by Colbert, the French National Library's Department of Prints and Photography has collected and maintained a collection of some ten thousand prints, posters and images from every school, from their origins to the present day. The collection is now one of the oldest and most extensive in the world. Moreover, it continues to expand thanks to the donations and generosity of major collectors and benefactors and through the legal deposits of engravers and publishers still in effect which enables the works of contemporary artists to rub shoulders with those of the old masters.

Focussing on the theme of creative genius, the French National Library’s stand will present a selection of prints, drawings and posters from the modern to contemporary periods. Prints are a medium that offer the exceptional opportunity of being able to follow the different stages of the artist’s work: through the different “states” of the print, the engraved die changes giving rise to drafts documenting the work of the engraver while becoming works of art in their own right. Interim drafts or unfinished prints, colourings, prints “before their time”: we will see the creative genius of these artists unfolding before our very eyes!

Deux états différents de :
Charles Meryon, Collège Henri IV, eau-forte, 1864. BnF, Estampes, RESERVE EF-397-BOITE FOL et RESERVE EF-397 (4)-FOL


Rembrandt, L’Artiste dessinant d’après le modèle, eau-forte, 1639 (?). BnF, Estampes, RESERVE CB-13 (A)-BOITE

Deux états différents de :
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Aux Ambassadeurs - Chanteuse au café-concert (épreuve d'essai sur vélin en jaune, beige et rose saumon, et état définitif), lithographie, 1894. BnF, Estampes, RESERVE DC-361 (4)-FOL

The Association culturelle des Bouquinistes de Paris (E4, South Nave)


The Seine is the only river in the world that flows between books...

Who other than the great poet, Guillaume Apollinaire, could offer such a picturesque definition of the heart of Paris which, for centuries now, has been the scene of this quite amazing open-air bookstore comprising the numerous bouquinistes standing on the banks of the Seine?
This unique concentration of 230 open-air book shops, that can be visited on either side of the river, is truly without equal anywhere on our beautiful planet! The phenomenon exists and can only be enjoyed here, in Paris.
As Anna Gavalda so pertinently wrote: “Paris without the bouquinistes would no longer be a feast!”...
A key element of city’s culture and heritage, no less than the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre, they are inextricably linked with the cityscape and are a must-see for the millions of tourists who visit our joyous capital every year.

A sort of “missing link” between bookstores selling the latest publications and the shops frequented by book aficionados, the bouquinistes mainly sell works that are no longer available from the former and are not valuable enough for the latter. The outdoor location and the freedom offered by the lightweight nature of their professional structure does not, for all that, mean that you will not meet a number of highly competent booksellers quite capable of holding their own with the very best! Their location on a public thoroughfare offering direct access to the books and unrestricted contact with the bookseller makes for a rewarding cultural exchange. They also form an effective network, referring customers with highly specific requests to their colleagues working in bookstores...

One-third of them can be found on the right bank between the Louvre Museum and the Pont Marie and the remaining two-thirds on the left bank between Rue du Bac and the Arab World Institute. It is on the left bank, the traditional home of the universities as well as printers, bookstores and other actors in the world of publishing, that they are most numerous. There is relative gender parity with about 85 women and 145 men. Their famous boxes in gunmetal green – the mandatory colour – are spread across five different arrondissements, or districts, of the city: the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. There are only a dozen of them in the 7th arrondissement while the 5th is home to the largest number at about seventy.

This microcosm consists of a wide range of personalities with varying career paths. Bouquiniste is very rarely the first choice when starting a career. These curious booksellers range in age from 25 to 90 and the profession requires a certain indifference, or at least steady nerves to brave the elements all year round – one of the more demanding aspects of the job description.

There are now 237 licences in total and each bouquiniste has one. They are granted upon examination of the documents submitted by the numerous applicants by a committee convened once a year, solely for this purpose, by the City of Paris. The city retains ownership of the locations and ensures compliance with the regulations.

This has certainly not always been the case. The profession dates back several centuries and did not always take the form we know today, with the series of large boxes. “Boîte”, or box, is the term adopted by the bouquinistes to refer to these large green containers in which they store the books or other goods they sell to the passers-by. For “other goods” read bric-à-brac, a tradition on the river bank, and sometimes, unfortunately, a few too many products pandering to the tourist trade. Incidentally, it is interesting to note that when someone else lends the bouquinistes a hand or even replaces them in their work, this other person is referred to as an “ouvre-boîte”, or tin-opener...

Originally, a few decades before the invention of the printing press and the new market of second-hand books accompanying this development, the bouquinistes were more like peddlers. These pre-bouquinistes sold their goods out of a small box carried on a shoulder strap or spread out on a mat on the ground. They operated within a very small area at the heart of the city. At the time, the quays along the Seine were rarely faced with stone. For the most part, they were still muddy banks and would remain that way until the First Empire. Some, like the Quai Saint-Michel, were built at the level of the bank. Until the inauguration of the Pont-Neuf – the first bridge designed solely as a promenade – in 1605, all the bridges were line with buildings. For a long time, the Pont Neuf remained the only bridge in Paris with no buildings standing on it resulting in a wide range of small trades setting up business there, ranging from dog groomers to tinkers and including the very first bouquinistes!...
Savary provided the very first official definition of the term Bouquiniste in his 1723 dictionary: “Poor booksellers without the means to have a shop or to sell new works, who ‘estaloyent’ (display) old books on the Pont-Neuf, along the quays and in several other locations in the city...”.
At the time, and until the start of the 19th century, only a few dozen people were granted the right to exercise their trade. And even then, provoking the jealousy of their shop-based counterparts who saw their activity as a form of unfair competition and under the close surveillance of the royal and religious authorities, rulings were often published prohibiting them from any commercial activity for varying periods of time. This was a particularly sensitive issue in the mid-17th century during the Fronde.
They contributed to the clandestine circulation of the famous Mazarinades, the famous pamphlets so critical of the powers of the time. They often had their goods confiscated and some were even given a taste of the dungeons... Playing with politics and morality came with certain risks...
The situation began to change with Napoleon I. He would urbanise the capital considerably and have the quays built in the city centre. This would contribute to extending the scope of activity of our bouquinistes who would increase in number. From only a few dozen authorisations at the beginning of the 19th century, their were 75 licence holders in 1865, 156 in 1892 and 204 in 1920, with the figure rising to about 230 today.

The basic principles of the regulation governing them was established in 1857, but the pivotal date is 1891: it was in this year that the city finally authorised the bouquinistes to leave their goods at the “point of sale” overnight. The numerous boxes were transformed into the now familiar two-metre-long chests. The dimensions of the boxes were specified in 1930 in a municipal by-law. The other key date is 27 January 1943: the bouquinistes’ licences were reduced by two metres from 10 metres to 8 metres. More than 400 linear metres of boxes simply disappeared! Between 80,000 and 100,000 books left the quays! 20% of the books on offer were suddenly no longer for sale! And they have still not returned! In these difficult times for printed works, returning that fifth box to the bouquinistes would be an excellent means of renewing the attractiveness of the quays and giving these emblematic symbols of Paris even greater meaning. This is, indeed, the main request submitted to the Paris City Hall by the Association Culturelle des Bouquinistes de Paris (association bringing together more than 80% of the bouquinistes from the quays) and while it would not be simple to apply, it is nevertheless feasible over time and in several years at the most...


 Jérôme Callais, bouquiniste


For more information:
to contact the President of the association, Jérôme Callais, the Treasurer, Sylvie Mathias and the Secretary, Michel Bouetard



For the sixth consecutive participation of the Association Culturelle des Bouquinistes de Paris in the Rare Book Fair organised by the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, the bouquinistes have this year chosen to present a collection of drawings on their stand (E4, southern wing) forming a vast gallery of portraits of literary men and women, all original works by the artist Pierre Wiaz.

Pierre Wiaz was born in Rome on 29 April 1949. Wiaz is his art name and he was born Wiazemsky.
After completing classical studies at the Lycée Janson de Sailly, he studied advertising design which led him to political cartoons via pointillist cartoons. His first drawings appeared in the rock press in 1968, in magazines such as Pop Music and Best. At the same time, he worked on Rouge (Revolutionary Communist League). His drawings/chronicles about the occupation of Lip would result in the album “Les Hors-la-loi de Palente”. In 1972, he joined the Nouvel Observateur, while continuing to work with Les Nouvelles Littéraires, Sciences et Avenir, La Croix and Libération.

Published in 1976, his collection entitled “En attendant le grand soir” included a foreword by Michel Foucauld.
In 1984, he married the editor and writer Régine Deforges, who would often accompany him on his numerous visits to the bouquinistes. He won the Grand Prix de l'Humour Vache in 2001 at the Salon International du Dessin de Presse et d'Humour in Saint-Just le Martel (Haute-Vienne). His first children’s album, entitled “Le Fantôme qui pète”, appeared in 2013.
Five other follow-up volumes to this initial story have since been published.

Famous for his work as a press cartoonist since the end of the sixties and a grandson, on his mother’s side, of the great writer François Mauriac who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952, Pierre Wiaz has also created numerous portraits of literary personalities which we are proud to present to you today.
A highly cultivated and keen bibliophile, he has been a frequent visitor to the boxes of these curious riverside booksellers since 1961.
A regular customer, he is above all a diligent, fervent and faithful friend of the Parisian bouquinistes. He is also the generous creator of the “logo” of our association, the little character wearing a cap and reading in front of one of the boxes on the quays and who, incidentally, bears a certain resemblance to his creator...

© Wiaz, George Sand

© Wiaz, Karen Blixen

© Wiaz, Gustave Flaubert



Founded in 1947 as a federation of old companies, the Compagnie des Bibliophiles de France is one of the oldest associations of bibliophiles. Its aim is to publish illustrated works in limited print runs intended for its members. The works designed and created by the Compagnie are of a very high quality in terms of the choice of paper, the typography, the layout and the printing processes.
The choice of illustrating artists is also of the utmost importance to the Compagnie, which strives to promote creation through the engraving procedures and by supporting contemporary artists and creators.
In recent years, the Compagnie des Bibliophiles de France has published works by such varied authors as Denis Diderot, Marcel Aymé, Blaise Cendrars, Kenneth White, André Dhôtel, Guillaume Apollinaire, Julien Gracq, Arthur Rimbaud, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, René Char, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Jules Renard, Nostradamus and Homer.
The choice of illustrators is also very varied, as the following list shows:
Zao Wou ki, Christiane Vielle, AD Stenlein, Catherine Keun, Julius Balthasar, Albert Decaris, Jean Picart le Doux, Gottfried Salzmann, Jacques Boullaire, Mario Avati and Jean-Michel Mathieux Marie.
In 2018, the aim of the Compagnie des Bibliophiles de France is to continue the adventure started by our predecessors by endeavouring to renew the production of original works of literature and the works of contemporary artist engravers and illustrators. A new work will be published this year. It is “Le prix de l’amour” by Michel Déon and illustrated by Claude Viallat.
By bringing together Michel Déon, a bibliophile and author of the Hussard movement, and Claude Viallat, an innovative artist associated with the Ecole de Nice artistic movement, the Compagnie has clearly displayed its new ambitions: The collection of vivid and sensitive short stories illustrated with radiant works by one of the founders of the Supports/Surfaces movement.
Several other works are already being prepared for the coming years.

Jean-Claude AUGER
T. 06 85 53 49 71

Une Saison en enfer d’Arthur Rimbaud, eaux-fortes de Lucien Coutaud.
Les Bibliophiles de France, publié avec les éditions Overseas Book-Lovers, New York, 1950.

La Route de Julien Gracq, eaux-fortes de Jean-Michel Matieux-Marie.
Les Bibliophiles de France, 1984.

Situations de New York de Jean-Paul Sartre, lithographies en couleurs de Gottfried Salzmann.
Les Bibliophiles de France, 1989.

Ne me quitte pas de Jacques Brel, gravures en couleurs de Dominique Van Der Veken.
Les Bibliophiles de France, 2008.

Trois nouvelles orientales de Marguerite Yourcenar, burins d’Hélène Nué.
Les Bibliophiles de France, 1996.



ARA France (D13)


On stand D 13, ARA France - Les Amis de la Reliure d’Art presents close to 60 original bookbindings created between 2016 and early 2018 by several artists-cum-bookbinders who are members of the association.
Chosen to be presented at the International Rare Book Fair, they provide an overview of the renewals as well as the current technical and artistic trends in the field of bookbinding.
Inventive structures, the use of new technologies, the diversity of the materials and the transformation of the stylistic vocabulary all bear witness to the creativity and energy of modern-day bookbinders that ARA France invites you to discover in the Grand Palais.

René Char, Un jour entier
Full-box, Oasis goatskin binding by Alain Koren
© Alain Koren

Katia Granoff, Cendres & Reflets
Oasis goatskin binding by Armelle Guégant
© ARA Belgica

Blaise Cendrars, Du Monde entier
Brushed aluminium binding Claude Debras
© Annie Debras

Alain PITTET (E13, South Nave)

Paper artist

Antique paper tells us so many stories. Bearing witness to countless events and reflecting our history, it has numerous secrets to share.
Only when it is turned into a pretext for new encounters does a piece of art fulfil its ultimate function. The paper artist, Alain Pittet, transforms old works no longer in use to create a unique work of art.



Since its invention, attributed to China sometime around 105 AD, paper travelled a long and winding road before it reached the West.
It followed the Silk Road, appearing in the Middle East at the end of the 8th century. As technical developments emerged, paper replaced parchment, and paper-making centres sprung up in Europe and France from the 14th century onwards. The centre in Ambert was developed around 1450. Some 300 mills scattered along various watercourses were in operation in the three paper-making valleys around Ambert, making paper by hand, sheet by sheet, from recovered rags.
Today, the Moulin Richard de Bas in Ambert (the last working paper mill in the Auvergne) keeps this ancestral activity alive. The Moulin Richard de Bas is open to visitors all year round, offering guided visits and introductory workshops during which visitors can roll their sleeves up and lend a hand.
Exceptional paper on which some of the key moments of our history have been written (Diderot and Alembert's Encyclopaedia in the 18th century, the one and only copy of the 5th Constitution from 1958, etc.), rare hand-made paper which has long been appreciated by great artists (Picasso, Dali and Rauschenberg among others) and art publications (collectors' editions), prestigious paper made in the vats in front of you: the mill has also specialised in producing paper suitable for modern printing techniques.
During the fair, we look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to these ancestral practices which have given rise to the sheet of paper, and showing you the articles and papers produced by hand, sheet by sheet, at the Moulin Richard de Bas.

Moulin à papier Richard de Bas
Richard de Bas
63600 Ambert
Tel. 33 (0)4 73 82 03 11



Everything you’ve always wanted to know about antiquarian books but never dared to ask.
The fair, which is open to both informed book lovers and newcomers, features a stand to initiate book lovers welcoming 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.

Guided visits

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.
Meet at the reception point on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3.00 & 4.00 pm

The Bibliography Prize

Every year, the SLAM awards a Bibliography Prize to a high-quality work, acknowledging a study focussing on antiquarian and modern books,, literature, publishing, the illustration of works, bookbinding, the history of books, libraries or bibliophilia.

The 2017 prize was awarded to David Smith :

Bibliographie des œuvres de Mme de Graffigny, 1745-1855. Centre international d’étude du XVIIIe siècle, Ferney-Voltaire, 2016

An Honour prize was awarded to Jean-Marc Chatelain: Pascal, le cœur et la raison. Bibliothèque nationale de France, 2016

The 2018 prize will be awarded during the Fair on Saturday 14th April, at 12.00 pm.

Bookbinding, restoration, conservation (At the entrance to the Fair)

Specialist craftsmen present their know-how in preserving the identity and history of books.

Associations (South Nave, under balconies)

Associations which organise antiquarian book fairs in the different regions present their activities:

ALAM, Salons du Livre de Bordeaux
LACME, Souvigny, Lapalisse et Bourbon Lancy -
Le Patrimoine culturel de Lucca et de la Toscane
ARSAG, Association pour la recherche scientifique sur les arts graphiques -

(stand D11, Dôme)
Founded in Beaune in 1859, Louis Jadot is now a major owner in Côte d’Or, Beaujolais (Château des Jacques) and Fuissé (Domaine Ferret).
The company controls some 250 hectares of vineyards and produces a representative selection ranging from Burgundy, Chablis and Beaune Premiers Crus to such “Grands Crus” as Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Corton Charlemagne, Clos Vougeot and Chevalier-Montrachet to name but a few.
For wine aficionados, the head of Bacchus - which has appeared on the labels since Louis Jadot was founded - has become a guarantee of respect for Burgundy and a subtle expression of its lands.

21 rue Spuller
T. 03 80 22 10 57 - F. 03 80 22 56 03