Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe
Salon International du Livre Rare & de l'Autographe

Under the High Patronage of
Mr Emmanuel MACRON
President of the French Republic


© Wilmotte & Associés Architectes


2021 FAIR :
24 - 26 September

Opening on September 23rd by invitation only


Our 2021 Fair will take place in the « Grand Palais Ephémère ». This temporary structure of 10,000 square meters designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and organized by GL Events, will accommodate prestigious cultural events while the Grand Palais itself is undergoing renovation work. This structure is currently being installed on the Champ-de-Mars where it will open early in 2021. Events will be held there until the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.
In order for Paris to maintain its place as the capital of art and culture, to conserve the success and durability of the prestigious events which usually take place in the Grand Palais, and in order to keep alive in the public eye the spirit and image of this magnificent building, the « Grand Palais Ephémère » has been designed to fit harmoniously into its remarkable surroundings, with a construction in line with contemporary environmental objectives and a perfect urban and landscape integration.


Partner of booksellers and SLAM
500 booksellers and 4 million books



Hosted by

Syndicat National de la Libraire Ancienne et Moderne

Supported by

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers


With the support of four Experts Companies:

CNE, Compagnie Nationale des Experts
CNES, Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés
en Objets d’art et de collection
FNEPSA, Fédération Nationale des Experts Professionnels
Spécialisés en Art
CEA,Compagnie d’Expertise en Antiquités, objets d’art et œuvres contemporaines



La Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l’image, Angoulême






Under the patronage of the
Commission nationale française pour l'UNESCO



© Wilmotte & Associés Architectes


In June 1984, at the initiative of its President Jeanne Laffite, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) organised by the first International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Conciergerie in Paris. The event held in this historic building was a major success and every two years, booksellers from around the world adopted the habit of travelling to Paris to exhibit a wide variety of exceptional documents.
In 1993, the Book Fair took up residence in the Maison de la Mutualité, with the bibliophilic event becoming an annual encounter in 1995.
Since April 2007, the nave of the Grand Palais has played joint host to the Antiquarian Book Fair organized by the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, and the International  Print and Drawing Fair organized by the Chambre Syndicale de l'Estampe, du Dessin et du Tableau.

In 2015, the International Antiquarian Book, Print and Drawing Fair, became the International Rare Book, Autograph, Print and Drawing Fair, and in 2016 the SLAM became the organizer of the entire event.
From 2017 to 2019, the Rare Book Fair was organized at the same time as the Fine Art Fair.
In September 2020, only the Rare Book Fair took place. The 2021 edition will bring together two parts of the fair, Rare Books on the one hand and Experts in Fine Art on the other, under the sole direction of SLAM, and with the support and collaboration of four Experts Companies: CNE, CNES, FNEPSA and CEA. A unique opportunity for exhibitors and their Companies to give real visibility to the determining role of the experts and to highlight the most beautiful fine art objects from all specialities.


Where Rare Books meet Fine Art

Now the finest event of its kind in France, and one of the most significant in the world, with 150 booksellers from around the globe, all affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). A veritable treasure trove, and a unique occasion to discover the finest array of exceptionnal, rare, or unusual pieces. Visitors are invited to take a fabulous journey following the traces left by the human mind over the centuries.

The oldest works of art dating back to the first books are displayed alongside the most groundbreaking avant-garde pieces to the delight of connoisseurs: extraordinary sources, personal manuscripts, prints and drawings from every period, shimmering bindings and more! Wander the aisles of the Fair and discover timeless creative expression with an international heritage value. A stroll around the alleys of the fair is a journey of discovery through timeless artistic expressions with a universal heritage value.

The expert at the centre of the art market

This Fair is also the only event which brings together independent experts in fine art, who belong to one of the four partner Chambers: CEA [Chamber for Expertise in Art and Antiques], CNE [National Chamber of Art Experts], CNES [National Chamber of Specialist Experts] and FNEPSA [National Federation for Professional Art Experts]. These expert chambers ensure that their highly qualified members have sufficient specialist knowledge and apply strict ethical rules.

Alongside 40 experts offering the sale of fine art chosen from their respective fields, several events and conferences will reveal the skills and specialist knowledge of these strict professionals, who have resolved to put their passion for fine art to use in the market.



Grand Palais

Highlight of the Exposition Universelle of 1900, The Grand Palais was built in three years and is in a strategic location of the capital:  the “Republican Axis”, a final great urban achievement in Paris, allowing one quick access from the Invalides to the Champs-Elysées via the Alexander III Bridge.
Throughout the 20th century, The Grand Palais was a prominent meeting place for art and theatre events showcasing innovation and the modern era, like the famous Automobile or Aviation Fairs.   A prestigious site in the heart of Paris, the entire edifice was classified as a historical monument in November 2000.  Since 2007, The Grand Palais has been a public institution. 
Its programmes exemplify excellence and aesthetics, attracting 1.5 million visitors each year, attracted by the magnificent glass ceiling encased in stone and steel.

In early 2021, the Grand Palais will close to begin its transformation. In 2024, the Nave of the Grand Palais will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The entire monument will be open to the public in spring 2025.

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Salon international du livre rare
et des experts en objets d’art
Paris | 24 - 26 septembre 2021
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