Visitors to the 2012 Book Fair will soon see otherwise as they discover the hidden treasures of the Paris Bar: illuminations rub shoulders with the incunabula and rare and precious books dating from the 16th century to the present day.
While legal works are predominant, they are very attractive and stand comparison with the numerous non-legal works which bear witness to the wealth and diversity of the bibliothèque des avocats de Paris. An extensive collection of prints offers a chance to admire the numerous illustrations inspired by the law, ranging from allegories to caricatures.
Autograph aficionados will adore the exhibition of manuscripts written by lawyers who pleaded the cases of such famous names as Marie-Antoinette, Emile Zola, Alfred Dreyfus, Madame Caillaux, Jaurès' assassin or Marshal Pétain. Located at the very heart of the Paris law courts, the bibliothèque des avocats is not open to the public. The 2012 Book Fair therefore offers a unique opportunity to discover this exceptional heritage.
Selection from the Department of Prints
and Photography of the French National Library
at the 2012 Fine Print Fair
For the 2012 Fine Print and Antiquarian Book Fair, the Fine Print and Photography Department of the French National Library wants to present a selection of precious and original works concerning table art. From the introduction of the fork to the French court by Catherine de Médici to the seven-sitting menus of the interminable meals which are the essence of French gastronomy recently included on the list of masterpieces of intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, thirty works will showcase this jovial and federating theme.
Old prints will illustrate the classic iconography of the figurative banquet in Biblical or historical episodes, such as the famous feast given by Louis XIII for the Chevaliers de l'Ordre du Saint Esprit in 1633, immortalised by Abraham Bosse.
The booksellers' selection.
On stand E14-F13, there is a selection of curious books and documents relating to the theme of the law: great literary and historical trials, lawyer-writers, condemned books, satires of the legal world, polemics surrounding law and prison, nuggets of crime literature, founding texts, etc. The exhibitors will showcase the most evocative and unusual pieces from their reserves.
South aisle, stand E14-F13.
"INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS" STAND
Everything you always wanted to know about antiquarian books but never dared to ask.
Since 2009, an introduction to book collecting stand has welcomed visitors throughout the entire fair. Booksellers who are members of SLAM answer any questions budding collectors might have while accompanying them in their first purchase and sharing their expertise and passion. The works presented here are selected by the booksellers participating in the fair and they all include a detailed notice and enable anyone and everyone to discover the joys of book collecting.
West aisle, stand P9-P12.