SLAM articles

  • Vers la fin de l’ère Gutenberg ? 


    Published 18 Jan 2011
  • Rencontre avec Mark Kopylov, Directeur des Editions des Cendres 


    Published 18 Jan 2011

    propos recueillis par Anne Lamort

  • First Impressions – Anne Lamort and Liam McGahern at the 39th Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers 


    First Impressions – Anne Lamort and Liam McGahern at the 39th Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
    Published 15 Nov 2010

    Colleagues, accomplices, competitors, guests, in short, happy. Absents are, as ever, wrong. Come on, I do have to confess that it was my first ILAB Congress, and that it took some of Neveen Marshiset’ enthousiasm to convince me to leave my beloved bookshop. My thanks go to her ! This congress has turned out to be an opportunity to discover Bologna and its region. But not only that. I have to add the multiple encounters with professionals from all over the world, and even with amateurs who had joined the congress. The receptions in exceptionnaly beautiful private homes, the local gastronomy and the smiling kindness of the Italians did the rest.

  • What Future For Rare Books ? 


    What Future For Rare Books ?
    Published 22 Oct 2010

    The anticipated death of the book is not a new phenomena. We recall that the book published in 1967 by the Canadian Marshall MacLuhan under the title "The Gutenberg Galaxy" dealt with this matter. Over the years we have seen that the electronic revolution has not really had the effect it had been predicted to have. We may also recall the cover of a magazine which appeared in the '90s and which referred to the answer of Gutenberg to MacLuhan in the form of an arm gesture of extreme vulgarity. Desktop Publishing did not finally kill the published book. It simply vulgarised the publishing proces. For us who are interested in the book as such, we feel that the aesthetics of the book may have suffered but not its productions in terms of quantity.

  • Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset 


    Antiquarian Books Do Have a Future! - An Interview with Alain Marchiset
    Published 22 Oct 2010

    Our trade has known in recent years very deep changes. We are hearing more and more often of the e-book, and it is not difficult to understand that in a few years the paper book will no longer be the cultural reference. I had also anticipated that fact in 2002 in another article “What future for rare books”, in which I explained that rare and antiquarian books would probably be safe from the breakdown of the new book market, because rare books will remain collectibles. As I said then, “as the gap widens between books for consumer purposes and rare books, there will be greater  distinction between them, and that such books will acquire greater value for collection purposes ”. There will therefore always be demanding amateurs for fine leather bindings, beautifully illustrated books on fine paper, original manuscripts, etc… Can one really compare these beautiful artefacts to an e-book? Antiquarian books do have a future!

  • Vandérem et la bibliophilie nouvelle 


    Vandérem et la bibliophilie nouvelle
    Published 08 Oct 2010

    Le mérite de cet épisode emporté de l’histoire de la bibliophilie française revient tout entier à Fernand Vandérem. En 1922, Henri Leclerc, libraire-expert, propriétaire de la revue, lui en a confié la direction. Homme tout autre et venu d’un tout autre bord que Georges Vicaire, son prédécesseur, Vandérem n’est ni un érudit ni un bibliographe patenté. C’est un écrivain, romancier sans succès et chroniqueur littéraire apprécié, qui s’est taillé dans le petit monde spécialisé de la librairie ancienne la réputation d’un amateur fin et paradoxal. L’aplomb de ses oukases et la causticité de son esprit en ont fait une manière de personnage. À la tête du Bulletin, il va révéler et déployer tous les talents d’un incomparable animateur.

  • La photo qui parle - Rimbaud 


    La photo qui parle - Rimbaud
    Published 05 Oct 2010

    Cinq mois après sa publication, la photographie de Rimbaud que nous avons retrouvée est devenue le plus documenté des neufs clichés connus où il apparaît. Elle date d'août 1880, et donc des tous premiers jours de la nouvelle vie de Rimbaud. Elle a été réalisée par l'explorateur Georges Révoil, qui a utilisé une technique toute nouvelle (c'est l'une des plus anciennes photos "instantanées" conservées en France).

  • Virtual "Kultur" 


    Virtual "Kultur"
    Published 16 Feb 2010

    Just back from the Stuttgart Book Fair, I cannot resist sharing some mischievous thoughts inspired by the observation of a surrealist stand near the entrance of the exhibition.

  • Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine (BIUM) - Guest of Honour at the Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair 2010 


    Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine (BIUM) - Guest of Honour at the Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair 2010
    Published 17 Dec 2009

    In March 2010 the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Médicine (BIUM) will have the pleasure of presenting a selection of its most beautiful pieces, illustrating the history of Western medicine at the XXI. Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair. The heritage collections of the library are among the three richest in the world, alongside the National Library of Medicine (USA) and the Wellcome Institute in London. Anne-Marie Coulon has interviewed BIUM director Guy Cobolet.

  • La photographie ancienne 


    Published 08 Dec 2009

    The history of photography is closely connected with the history of rare book selling in the 20th century. The books and the covers that are illustrated by famous photographers like Laszlo Moholy-Nagy have become works of art - and attractive objects of the high end antiquarian book market. Serge Plantureux looks back in history.

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