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 International Antiquarian Book Fair welcomed in 2012 as a guest of honour the bibliothèque de l'ordre des avocats de Paris.




The first library of the barristers of Paris was opened in 1708 before being closed when the Ordre des Avocats was suspended in 1790. A new library was created in 1810 at the same time as Napoleon I re-established the bar. In 1871, it was seriously damaged by a fire at the Paris law courts during the period of the Commune, but numerous donations soon ensured that the losses were repaired. Today, still housed in the Paris law courts, the library is an important repository of old legal and non-legal books, manuscripts, drawings and prints. The most striking historical pieces in the collections can be admired by the public in the museum of the Paris Bar, which opened its doors some thirty years ago in the vaulted cellars of an old 17th century town house in the Rue du Jour, close to the church of Saint-Eustache. The "bibliothèque des avocats" is reserved for members of the Bar and the museum can only be visited by appointment. The International Antiquarian Book Fair will therefore offer aficionados the chance to discover a number of treasures which are ordinarily not available to the public.  


The International Antiquarian Book Fair pays homage to the Ordre des avocats de Paris

This year, the International Antiquarian Book Fair pays homage to a guest who is unknown or little-known to book lovers, amateurs of prints and the general public: the Ordre des avocats de Paris. The collections of the Paris Bar are only rarely open to the public and we might be tempted to believe that they merely comprise austere legal works of interest only to legal experts. 
Visitors to the 2012 Book Fair will soon see otherwise as they discover the hidden treasures of the Paris Bar: illuminations rub shoulders with the incunabula and rare and precious books dating from the 16th century to the present day.
While legal works are predominant, they are very attractive and stand comparison with the numerous non-legal works which bear witness to the wealth and diversity of the bibliothèque des avocats de Paris. An extensive collection of prints offers a chance to admire the numerous illustrations inspired by the law, ranging from allegories to caricatures. 
Autograph aficionados will adore the exhibition of manuscripts written by lawyers who pleaded the cases of such famous names as Marie-Antoinette, Emile Zola, Alfred Dreyfus, Madame Caillaux, Jaurès' assassin or Marshal Pétain. Located at the very heart of the Paris law courts, the bibliothèque des avocats is not open to the public. The 2012 Book Fair therefore offers a unique opportunity to discover this exceptional heritage.


The Musée du barreau de Paris (Museum of the Paris Bar)

If aficionados are keen to take another look at these treasures and discover new ones, the Musée du barreau de Paris, located in the vaulted cellars of the Hôtel de la Porte near the church of Sainte Eustache, opens its doors by appointment. The law and its practitioners are there to offer a journey through time to rediscover the famous episodes in the history of France. This visit offers history enthusiasts and heritage lovers the chance to continue the dialogue begun under the glass roof of the Grand Palais. 

Press contact:
Ordre des avocats de Paris 
Communication Department 
Amélie Guiraud
+33 (0)



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 frères. 
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!


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.

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.
South aisle


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
South aisle













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 -
South aisle, F14.


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."

Anny Romand

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.


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.

Followed by 

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.

Followed by

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).

Denis Podalydès
© 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).

Followed by

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.

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