International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair

2018 Edition : from 13rd to 15th April.


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                                        Paris International Rare Book & Fine Art Fair



Picture : Philippe Busser

Picture : Philippe Busser

One of the most prestigious fairs of its kind in the world, this annual event attracts both collectors and the curious.

The Paris Fair offers its ever increasing number of visitors a panorama of the highlights of our written heritage, together with a vast selection of engravings and drawings, presented by leading professionals form around the world. Manuscripts, incunabula, exceptional bindings, early maps and photographs, autographs, old and contemporary prints and drawings, provide a fascinating pot-pourri of works for the collector and neophyte alike.

Nearly two hundred national and international dealers unveil thousands of exceptional documents, representative of our cultural history. Various exhibitions and animations are also scheduled during the event, together with the Print and Photography department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the popular stand dedicated to introducing new-comers to the antiquarian book world with a range of attractively priced books,  daily guided tours, concerts...


A rich programme guaranteed to charm the visitor to the fabulous glass domed Grand Palais.

photo credit : Philippe Busser

photo credit : Philippe Busser

photo credit : Philippe Busser

photo credit : Philippe Busser

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 will form 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.