Over 160 rare booksellers and galleries present their finest stock at one of the world's leading rare book fairs.
The fair usually takes place in April but due to the international COVID19-crisis, the fair had to be postponed and has now found a new date at the same venue in September 2020.
Strict hygenic measures will be put in place to ensure all exhibitors' and visitors' safety during the event.
2020 Guest of honour : La Cinémathèque française
Each year the fair invites an institution to present treasures from its collections.
Since its creation in 1936 by Henri Langlois, the Cinémathèque française has given as much importance to films as to anything related to them (archives, books, cameras, costumes, models, etc.). Thanks to this visionary spirit, the institution has built up an impressive collection of films, archives and equipment over the years. Through its originality, uniqueness and scope, this collection constitutes an inexhaustible resource for the study of the art and industry of film. Almost all countries are represented, from French, Italian and Soviet silent art to Hollywood classics, experimental and contemporary cinema. It is a unique and rare collection with extremely diverse media and difficult to preserve, regularly enriched with exceptional works of art.
The fair stands under the patronage of France's president, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and is organised by the French antiquarian booksellers association, SLAM (Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne).
Exhibitors will offer manuscripts, incunabula, first editions, scientific or popular works, fine bindings, artists’ books, photos, old maps, music scores, old or modern prints & drawings … attracting experts and the general public alike.
Exhibitions, a programme of events and workshops, conferences, guided tours, paper-making demonstrations, signings, an artisan village... the fair offers many opportunities to highlight the timeless richness of the presented documents and objects.
It also offers many opportunities for its 20,000 visitors to be part of our collective memory and to plunge into a world of learning, art and pleasure under the glass dome of the Grand Palais, a historical monument in itself and symbolic venue of numerous cultural events in Paris.
© photos : François Benedetti