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2024 ILAB Symposium Paris


12 June 2024

Libraries, Booksellers and Collectors discuss Provenance, Restitution and the Conservation of our Written Heritage

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, ILAB, is pleased to invite antiquarian booksellers, librarians, collectors and art market professionals to a one-day symposium in Paris at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), part of the Bibliothèque National de France, on the now vitally important issue of provenance and security.

This symposium follows those organised around similar themes in New York (Grolier Club) in 2019 and in Oxford (Bodleian Library) in 2022. It will once again bring together an international panel of experts to address these crucial issues & highlight some of the realities of the rare book trade. The idea is to encourage cooperation between all the players in the market, ahead of the Salon du Livre Rare Paris 2024 at the Carreau du Temple.
The Paris book fair opens the following day.

The event, organised by ILAB and supported by the French antiquarian booksellers association, Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), will be followed by a reception at the INHA.

Participation is free but booking is compulsory.
The event will be held in French and English - simultaneous translation is available for all guests in both languages.

Please contact the ILAB Secretariat to make your reservation:

In conjunction with the symposium, a guided tour of the BNF's newly renovated reading rooms will be organised for a limited number of people on Thursday 13 June.
Reservations are also required.

A first outlook of the programme - the full programme will be released shortly:

SESSION 1: Due Diligence vs. the Realities of the rare book trade

Provenance research, which aims to trace the history of a book and its owners, has always been an essential task for rare booksellers. But the tasks are evolving: New requirements - legal, institutional and public - are increasingly demanding of booksellers and libraries. What are the challenges booksellers and libraries are facing today? Are the new demands on provenance always justified and proportionate? How can we find a balance that meets everyone’s needs?

A selection of panelists:
Dr. Markus Brandis
, Bassenge Kunst-, Buch- & Fotoauktionen, Berlin
Ariane Adeline
, Livres Anciens Ariane Adeline, Paris
Jean Marc Chatelain
, Director of Special Collections & Rare Books of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Pierre Jean Riamond
, Head of Special Collections Department at the Book and Reading Service, Ministry of Culture of France, Paris
Dr. Mario Giupponi
, Studio Benacense, Riva (Italy) and President of ILAB
Jean Marc Dechaud
, Librairie Ancienne Jean-Marc Dechaud, Crissay sur Manse & President of SLAM

Followed by a Round Table

SESSION 2: Safeguarding our written heritage

Rare books and manuscripts are invaluable repositories of our knowledge and history, and they display unique qualities of artistry and craftsmanship that illustrate the evolution of printing, binding, art and literature over time. They deserve to be appreciated, but also protected. This session will bring together high-level experts to discuss the issues of theft, fraud and forgery and the rare book trade’s strong stance against such behaviour, and will open a forum for debate on security and the protection of our written heritage.

A selection of panelists:
Joseph Hone
, Presentation by the author of the book "The Book Forger" recently launched in the United Kingdom
Isabelle Rouge Ducos
, Head Curator, Researcher at the Mission for the Research and Restitution of Cultural Property Looted between 1933 and 1945, French Ministry of Culture
Louise Malecot, UNESCO - Specialist at the Movable Heritage and Museums Unit
Prof. Françoise Labarthe
, Institut Art & Droit
Angus O’Neill
, Omega Bookshop, London & ILAB Vice President and Security Officer
Anne Lamort
, Anne Lamort Livres Anciens, Paris

Followed by a Round Table and a reception from 6pm - 7.30pm


Angelika Elstner / Nicolas Malais
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art - La Bibliothèque Nationale de France
2, rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
+44 7586 635 479
Opening Hours
1.30pm - 6pm
Reception from 6pm - 7.30pm