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Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair
150 booksellers and 50 fine-art experts convene to offer timeless riches in the form of written, printed and illustrated works on paper on the one hand, and some of the most beautiful fine art objects, all endowed with their own personal history, on the other.
Each year a guest institution presents some of the treasures from its collections.
The Rare Book Fair assembles all the actors who make up the book chain : the engraving and photographic department of the National Library of France (BnF), the second-hand booksellers, a familiar site along the banks of the Seine in Paris, associations of book-lovers and book-binders, French book towns and villages. In addition the Fair offers a rich cultural programme with guided tours, exhibitions, signings, paper-making demonstrations and initiation to the world of book collecting for all.
Manuscripts, incunabula, first editions, scientific or popular works, fine bindings, antique or modern engravings... all this to attract specialists and the general public alike.
A rich and varied programme, with ample scope for our 20,000 visitors who can plunge into the world of learning, art and pleasure beneath the glass dome of the Grand Palais, a historical monument and symbolic venue for numerous cultural events.
From the Conciergerie to the Grand Palais
In June 1984, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), on the initiative of its President Jeanne Laffitte, organised the first International Antiquarian Book Fair in Paris, at the Conciergerie. In this historic location, the success was considerable, and every two years, booksellers from around the world began to make Paris a regular destination to exhibit a wide range of precious works.
In 1993, the Fair moved to the Maison de la Mutualité and in 1995 it became an annual event. Since April 2007, the glass-domed Grand Palais has been host to the Antiquarian Book Fair in conjunction with the Original Print Fair. This event is one of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world with over on hundred and fifty national and international exhibitors, all of whom are members of the International League of Antiquarian booksellers, as well as fifty fine print dealers.
The International Antiquarian Book Fair becomes in 2015 The International Rare Book & Autograph Fair, to reflect its evolution over the years. The Fair has in 2016 one denomination : International Rare Book, Autograph, Print & Drawing Fair.
In 2017, the SLAM formed a partnership with the National Chamber of Experts (C.N.E.S.) to present the International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair.
This exceptional cultural event is a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the treasures of written heritage presented by leading professionals. Visitors can meander along the traces of journeys taken by countless human minds over the course of centuries. From manuscripts to avant-garde, from a letter by François I to the drafts of Marcel Proust, from a XIIIth century psalm book to a futurist manifesto, amateurs will be able to browse the shelves of an immense bookshop, with thousands of stunningly diverse documents.