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 2010 as a guest of honour the bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine



Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris

Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine

The beginnings of the interuniversity  library of medicine and odontology  (BIUM, Paris) go hand in hand with the history of the School of Medicine, founded in the XIIIth century.  The oldest document from this institution conserved at the BIUM dates from 1395.  
Over the centuries, the library moved several times  (rue de la Bûcherie, then rue Jean de Beauvais). It has been at its current location since 1795, when the new Ecole de santé was created, and it was considerably enlarged at the end of the XIXth century, in the purest of neo-classical styles, with the construction of the Saint-Germain wing, a work by the architect Léon Ginain (Grand Prix de Rome in 1852 and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts).
The BIUM is primarily a research library for students, namely those in doctoral studies, as well as researchers and  professors.  It is also open to practitioners, paramedical personnel and all persons working on health-related themes.   
Its heritage collections are among the three richest in the world, alongside the National Library of Medicine in The United States and the Wellcome Institute of London:  original editions of medical treatises since the Renaissance, Paris medical dissertations since the XVIth century as well as 23,000 French and foreign revues can be consulted here.  
An associated hub of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, with whom it works closely (acquisitions, restoration, digitalisation), the BIUM will have the pleasure of presenting the public with a selection of its most beautiful pieces, illustrating the history of western medicine.  

Consult the presentation of the antiquarian collection of the BIUM
Plate from the Gérard de Lairesse collection 
106 India ink in wash paint, made for the work of G. Bidloo : "Anatomia humani corporis", 
Amsterdam, 1685, in-fol ; copyright BIUM/ R Caussimon

Lairesse Gérard de. - Original drawings:  print n° 71
Amsterdam, 1680 (circa).
From a set of six prints (India ink in wash paint), made for the work of G. Bidloo : 
Anatomia humani corporis (Amsterdam, 1685, in-fol.)
© BIUM / R. Caussimon
BIUM call number: MS26



Caricature by Jean Martin Charcot
BIUM call number: CIPB1405

Engraving:  L'amphithéâtre anatomique de la Compagnie royale des chirurgiens, Paris, 1614
BIUM call number: CISC0219

    Main reading room of the library of the interuniversitaire de médecine..



Friday, April 16

14.00 - Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médecine (BIUM) (Interuniversity  Library of Medicine)

The beginnings of the library go hand in hand with the history of the School of Medicine, founded in the XIIIth century. The oldest document from this institution conserved at the BIUM dates from 1395. Over the centuries, the library moved several times, and has been at its current location since 1795, when the new Ecole de santé was created, and was enlarged at the end of the XIXth century by the architect Léon Ginain in the purest of neo-classical styles.

Primarily a research library, mainly dedicated to students, professors, researchers and practitioners, the BIUM is also a heritage library, specialized in the history of medicine and health. Its antiquarian collections are amongst the three richest in the world, alongside those of the National Library of Medicine in the United States and that of the Wellcome Institue of London. 
The conference will center around the presentation of the library's history, its collections and its activities, which are in large part concerned with the use of digital technology (

16.00 - The body: representations and historical practices

Throughout history, the body has clearly been a variously depicted object. Its practices and its objects are numerous and varied: foods, diseases, games, expressions, appearances, clothing and places of residence. There are some unifying representations which are recognizable from each time period. They concern the functioning of the body, the vision of its qualities and capabilities. They have a history. They are the themes common to various practices that also justify a "history of the body." Our presentation will seek to give an overall vision of the subject, working from a series of books, images and other more concrete examples.

By Georges Vigarello (director of studies EHESS), historian, specialist of the history of the body.

Conference Room of the Grand Palais - entry by South Wing

Round Table 

Friday, April 16, 12.00 - 14.00

What is an artist's publication today? 
The participants will pose the question of what an artist's publication is today, at the dawn of the digital world. The title question implies that an artist's publication cannot be limited to one stable definition. But if it is a matter of reaffirming the freedom with which an artist's publication is conceived of and realized today (in the strict sense, is it not everything an artist wishes to make public?), it is also important to define a few typologies, certain styles and family resemblances, and to highlight their link with the history of publishing. How does the artist's publication (re)invent itself constantly, thus (re)writing its own history? We will attempt to return to the history of the artists' book to show that from the moment an artist's book is considered as a genre, there is a strong temptation to give in to the anachronism and assimilate to the genre each book in history which has been the support of an artist. Defining the framework in question, its relationship to the rest of an artistic production, its own resistance to the supposed intimacy of a book, such will be some of the questions broached by our guest specialists. 

Participants: Yves Chaudouët, artist, professor at the École européenne supérieure de l’image; Christophe Daviet-Thery, bookseller specialised in artists' books; Elza Lacotte, honors graduate of l’École européenne supérieure de l’image, DNSEP 2009, compliments of the jury for the quality of her editorial work; Marie Boivent, doctoral student/professor at l’Université Rennes 2 ; Stephen Wright, philosopher, professor at l’École européenne supérieure de l’image and Jérôme Saint-Loubert-Bié, artist, professor at l’École des Beaux-arts de Rennes.

VIP Club, West Wing.


CARAN D’ACHE: partner of the fair

For the first time this year, the Maison de Haute Écriture Caran d’Ache is a partner of the Antiquarian Book Fair. This partner provides a unique occasion to introduce a prestigious brand synonymous with quality and refinement to a cultural event that is a true window on an exceptional heritage. 

The instruments of refined writing of this House are wonders of craftsmanship signed with the creativity and perfection of "Swiss-made" know-how. These objects of superior quality are reminiscent of exceptional works presented at the Fair: prestigious pens which recall the passion of the fine writing in antiquarian books. 

The Éditions Limitées Caran d’Ache, which express the rareness and talent of the greatest creators and goldsmiths, will be prominently featured beneath the glass framework of the Grand Palais (stand D73).

Low prices for bibliophiles:
Stand « Discovering Antiquarian Books»

On the collective stand "Discovering Antiquarian Books" (stand D 34-36), the booksellers present at the XXIInd International Antiquarian Book Fair show how fine books and small budgets can work together. This stand presents collectible and important works with antique bindings at friendly prices: 20 - 150 euros for works in 1 or 2 volumes, going to 300 euros maximum for series bound in multiple volumes. 
This stand for initiating bibliophiles is held by SLAM booksellers who will be delighted to inform and share their expertise and comments with beginning collectors.

Guided Tours

A discovery tour to unearth the riches of the Fair. Daily guided tours during the three days of the Fair will be organised by SLAM members. 

Friends of the Original Binding

The Société de la Reliure Originale was created in 1945 on the impetus of Julien Cain, then administrator of the National Library and bookbinder Paul Bonet. Just five other bookbinders were then judged qualified to join them: Rose Adler, Robert Bonfils, Georges Cretté, Henri Creuzevault and Jacques Anthoine-Legrain. Sixteen bibliophiles answered the call of the instigators, as did three booksellers: Pierre Berès, Georges Blaizot and Georges Heilbrun. A total of 26 members. The first Committee Director was thus composed of: President André Rodocanachi, Vice-President Paul Bonet, General Secretary Jacques Guignard, Treasurer Henri Creuzevault.

The purpose of the association is to encourage bookbinders who do original work. The organisation does this using any means that might promote knowledge and refinement, namely, through quality exhibitions.
For 25 years - until 1970 - they had shows every six years at the National Library, in the Mazarine gallery, and during the same period participated in events in New York, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Zurich. From 1975, they had shows in Brussels. 
In 1979, the Society rewrote its statutes and changed its name to Friends of the Original Binding (Les Amis de la Reliure Originale). At that time, they began to limit their member status to only bibliophiles, which is the current form.

Since then, the ARO has organised important events in: Monaco in 1983, the Grolier-Club of New York (1987), the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal on contemporary American bookbinding (1990), the Maison de la poésie with a meeting of bookbinders on books illustrated by Picasso (1991), the B.H.V.P., the exhibitions of Max Jacob in his books (1994) and the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of their association (1995).
Determined in their promotion of quality in execution and originality of decor, the ARO regularly organises competitions whose winners get to order a binding paid for by the association and done on a book belonging to the public library. Among the winners: Pierre-Lucien Martin (1948), Germaine de Coster (1951), Alain Lobstein and Monique Mathieu (1961), Nadine Auffret (1980), Sandra Aftalion (2009), etc.
For the past years, an important effort has been made to reach out to the provinces and ARO has participated in various titles in exhibitions in Reims, Nantes and Metz. In partnership with the Burgundy Regional Council, the association invited 19 bookbinders to work on bindings for rare or precious works for the Burgundy municipal libraries.
Each year since 1994, the ARO has organised the Exposition Ephémère.

At this year's International Antiquarian Book Fair, the ARO is pleased to present a collection of contemporary bindings from private collections, signed by the finest decorators, such as Georges Leroux, Monique Mathieu, Jean de Gonet, Renaud Vernier, Jean Knoll, Brigitte Benoist, François Brindeau, Frère Edgard Claes, Philippe Fié, Nobuko Kiyomiya, Daniel Knoderer, Florent Rousseau, Alain Taral, Anick Butré.
Headquarters: Bibliothèque nationale, 58 rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris
Secretary: Mr. Claude Blaizot, 164 faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris. Phone: (33) - Fax: (33)
Stands D15 & D29

Prestigious Art Schools of the Ministry of Culture and Communication

What is an artist publication?

Recent years have seen the emergence of a profusion of student and graduate publications from among the 58 prestigious art schools under the pedagogical auspices of the Minister of Culture and Communication. With a large variety of formats, supports and concepts, often characterised by greatly limited funds, they often call into question the future of artists' publications. The International Antiquarian Book, Print and Drawing Fair, is a prestigious vector for the exhibition, offering visibility for this production. 

The choice of an interrogative theme not only brings out the notion of a single "artist's book", but also highlights that the very definition of the publication of an artist is, or becomes, open. It is restrained simply by the demands of being "made public". If the book remains a prestigious medium, it is not the only one. Can a conference be considered an artist's publication? How about a performance? An edition of postcards? In its diversity, this exhibition of the prestigious art school productions reflects the demands of the research which is at work. 

Books, posters, postcards, etc., conceived of by art school students, are laid out on simple tables. The public can freely consult the publications and ask for information about how and where they were made. 
Next to this large sampling of publications, for a deeper critical analysis of the phenomenon and to attract more attention to this prolific production, a round table will assemble the members of a group of specialists of contemporary artists' books. 
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Direction générale de la création artistique:
Marie-Christine HERGOTT - mission de la communication
Phone: 01 40 15 75 23 - email:

The Big Book of PARIS

The cartography of performance by Aprille Best Glover is a project which explores the divide between books and sculpture. Paris is the theme for the project in a few of its nearly infinite facets: Paris as a geographical zone, Paris as a city of books, Paris as natural habitat for the " flâneur ", Paris as tourist icon, Paris as home to its inhabitants. The book consists mainly of cards from different periods and ephemeral assemblies collected by the artist. With the artist's help, one can also remove each volume to read, and even add one's own impressions and memories of Paris. / / 23 la Rotte aux Biques / 41800 Lavardin
Ph. 06 47 95 28 76

Bibliography Prize

Each year, the SLAM presents a Bibliography Prize to a recently published bibliographic work of quality in the French language. This prize will be awarded for the occasion of the International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, April 17 at 18.00. 


Concerts everyday during the Fair.