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.
Now the finest event of its kind in France, and one of the most significant in the world, the 2017 edition will present some 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.
From manuscripts to avant-garde works, from a letter from François I to a note written by Marcel Proust, from 13th-century psalters to futuristic manifestos, aficionados can explore the shelves of an immense "book store" bursting with an endless variety of documents in their thousands representingevery era, every style, every medium.
Figurative works, abstract works, engraved wood, etchings, lithographs, sanguine drawings, ink-wash paintings and watercolours… A stroll around the alleys of the fair is a journey of discovery through timeless artistic expressions with a universal heritage value.