EXHIBITION : « À TABLE ! »
Selection from the Department of Prints
and Photography of the French National Library
at the 2012 Fine Print Fair
For the 2012 Fine Print and Antiquarian Book Fair, the Fine Print and Photography Department of the French National Library wants to present a selection of precious and original works concerning table art. From the introduction of the fork to the French court by Catherine de Médici to the seven-sitting menus of the interminable meals which are the essence of French gastronomy recently included on the list of masterpieces of intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, thirty works will showcase this jovial and federating theme.
Old prints will illustrate the classic iconography of the figurative banquet in Biblical or historical episodes, such as the famous feast given by Louis XIII for the Chevaliers de l'Ordre du Saint Esprit in 1633, immortalised by Abraham Bosse.
Abraham Bosse, Disposition du festin des chevaliers
de l'ordre du Saint Esprit. Etching and burin (1633)
The theme will also offer the chance to explore the social aspect of table art, its traditions and its technical innovations, for example the arrival of gas in household kitchens, illustrated with a humours eye in a poster by Grignon at the start of the 20th century. The Department of Fine Prints also boasts a wealth of engravings or drawings on gold-plated or porcelain crockery as well as a beautiful collection of menus from the 19th and 20th centuries, some of which will be on show.
P. F Grignon, Tout par le Gaz. Bonne cuisine
chauffage et lumière.
Poster, colour lithograph (1900)
Finally, the subject has always lent itself - and continues to do so - to caricatures of Rabelaisian culinary excess and voluptuousness: the Pantagruel wood engraving by Gustave Doré will therefore be a choice piece in the exhibition.
Gustave Doré, Pantagruel, Illustration les oeuvres de Rabelais published by Garnier frÃ¨res. End-grain wood engraving (1873)
A remedy against austerity, the selection of the Department of Fine Prints will be nothing if not convivial and gastronomic in 2012!
EVENTS / CONCERTS / CONFERENCES
EXHIBITION: LAW. FROM FRANÇOIS VILLON TO GEORGES SIMENON.
The booksellers' selection.
On stand E14-F13, there is a selection of curious books and documents relating to the theme of the law: great literary and historical trials, lawyer-writers, condemned books, satires of the legal world, polemics surrounding law and prison, nuggets of crime literature, founding texts, etc. The exhibitors will showcase the most evocative and unusual pieces from their reserves.
South aisle, stand E14-F13.
"INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS" STAND
Everything you always wanted to know about antiquarian books but never dared to ask.
Since 2009, an introduction to book collecting stand has welcomed visitors throughout the entire 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 here are selected by the booksellers participating in the fair and they all include a detailed notice and enable anyone and everyone to discover the joys of book collecting.
West aisle, stand P9-P12.
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 entry to the fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at midday and 5 p.m.
Concerts every day performed by the talented students of the Regional Conservatory in
Boulogne-Billancourt and the Higher National Music Conservatory of Paris.
Strings (violin, alto, cello) and piano. Romantic or classical repertoire.
BOOK TOWNS, CITIES AND VILLAGES IN FRANCE
Discover the book villages and their federation at the Grand Palais! The Federation of French Book Villages brings together the eight book villages which exist at present: Ambierle, Bécherel, Cuisery, Esquelbecq, Fontenoy-La-Joute, La-Charité-sur-Loire, Montmorillon and Montolieu
Some 20 years ago, the French book villages were created at the heart of picturesque and tourist regions home to a rich historical heritage. The concept was launched in 1962 in Hay-on-Wye in Wales and book villages can now be found around the world.
Champions of words and culture inviting visitors to discover these fertile lands where the book is king, these villages are home to booksellers, enthusiasts and professionals of antiquarian books, second-hand works and contemporary book collecting as well as book craftsmen, including bookbinders, calligraphers, engravers, illuminators, illustrators and paper manufacturers. You can discover or rediscover these villages and meet their representatives at the International Antiquarian Book Fair. Throughout the year, book towns, cities and villages in France organise numerous events and cultural activities which will be presented at the fair: markets, exhibitions, authors' forums, conferences, introductory courses, etc.
Fédération des Villages du livre en France :
c/o Musée des Arts et Métiers du livre / Rue de la Mairie, 11170 Montolieu
ASSOCIATIONS PRÉSENTES SUR LE SALON
ASSOCIATION LILLE LIVRES ANCIENS
ASSOCIATION AUTOUR DU LIVRE
ASSOCIATION LUBERON MONTAGNE MAGIQUE
ASSOCIATION AUVERGNE MONTAGNES MAGIQUES
SOCIÉTÉ DES AMIS DE COLETTE
ASSOCIATION DES AMIS DE CLÉMENTINE
PRÉSENCE DES REPRÉSENTANTS DU SITE INTERNET DE PROFESSIONNELS DE
LIVRES ANCIENS :
Every year, the SLAM awards a Bibliography Prize to a high-quality bibliographical work concerning antiquarian and modern books, literature, publishing, the illustration of works, bindings, libraries or book collecting recently published in French.
The 2011 prize was awarded to Henri Vignes for his work Bibliographie des Editions de Minuit. Du "Silence de la mer" à "L'Anti-OEdipe". 1942-1972. Paris, Coédition Editions des Cendres/Librairie Henri Vignes, 2010.
Members of the bibliography prize jury:
Annie Charon, Anita van Elferen, Henri Bonnefoi, Dominique Coq, Jean-Marc Dechaud,
Alain Nicolas, Emmanuel Pierrat, Jean Viardot, Georges Vigarello.
The 2012 prize will be awarded during the fair at midday on Saturday 28 April
in the orchestra area of the south aisle.
Presentation and protection of handwritten, printed and graphic
writings, books and documents.
Véronique Sala-Vidal, 5, allée Michel Berger, 92290 Châtenay-Malabry.
Tel.: +33 (0)1 82 00 69 08 - firstname.lastname@example.org
South aisle, F14.
UNE SAISON DE NOBEL
Une Saison de Nobel AND Caran d'Ache present a series of readings of works by Nobel laureates in Literature, under the direction of Anny Romand.
Under the honorary patronage of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Nobel Laureate in Physics 1991
Extract from the Nobel conference / Orhan Pamuk Nobel Laureate 2006
Translation by Gilles Authier / © THE NOBEL FOUNDATION 2006
"In my opinion, man in his library is where real literature is created. Our solitude in this room where we lock ourselves away is nevertheless not as great as we believe. We are surrounded by words, the stories of others, their books, everything we refer to as literary tradition. I believe that literature is the most precious entity that humanity has created to understand itself. Human societies, tribes and nations become intelligent, develop and rise up insofar as they take their literature seriously and listen to their writers and, as we all know, burning books and persecuting writers portend dark and obscure times for nations. (...) literature is the art of knowing how to talk about our story as if it is the story of others, and the story of others as if it is our own story. To achieve this aim, we begin by reading the stories and books of others."
Orhan Pamuk tells us exactly why we should read, and these presentations of Nobel laureates in literature transport us into different, unknown worlds enabling us to understand ourselves, appreciate one another and live together at the heart of all these voices resonating all around us.
Being at the heart of the International Antiquarian Book Fair reinforces this feeling of the omnipotence of literature in our better quality of life and our harmonious attitude towards the world.
PROGRAMME OF READINGS:
FRIDAY 27 APRIL, 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn / U.S.S.R. / Nobel Laureate 1970
Reading of "The White Kitten" from "the Gulag Archipelago", volume 3 (Editions Fayard).
Presentation by Claude Durand, "editor and agent of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn"
and Elena Balzamo, translator and essayist.
Dario Fo / Italy / Nobel Laureate 1997
Reading of "Comic Mystery" (Editions Dramaturgie) by Pierre Santini.
Presentation by Florence Noiville, journalist, novelist, essayist.
Gao XingJian, Prix Nobel de littérature 2000
SATURDAY 28 APRIL, 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Doris Lessing / Great Britain / Nobel Laureate 2007
Reading of "Mara and Dann" (Editions Flammarion).
Presentation by Isabelle D. Philippe, translator
and Sophie Ekoué, journalist with RFI.
André Gide / France / Nobel Laureate 1947
Reading of his "Journal" Bibliothèque la Pléiade.
Presentation by Eric Marty, Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of
Paris VII. Author of "l'écriture du jour" - Journal André Gide (Editions Seuil),
and editor of the new edition of the "Journal de Gide" at the Bibliothèque
de la Pléiade (Editions Gallimard, volume I, 1887-1925).
© Crédits photos : WILDNIS / Busser-Formisano
SUNDAY 29 APRIL, 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez / Colombia / Nobel Laureate 1982
Reading of "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (Editions Grasset).
Tomas Tranströmer / Sweden / Nobel Laureate 2011
Reading of "Baltic" poems (Editions Castor Astral/Gallimard)
by Anny Romand in French and Olof Orloff in Swedish.
Presentation by Jacques Outin, his translator, and Renauld Ego, writer, poet and critic.
For more information:www.unesaisondenobel.com