Definition of term:: Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM)

  • Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne  (SLAM)
    The Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) was created in 1914, and is one of the biggest and oldest antiquarian booksellers’ associations, preceded by the ABA only which was founded as early as 1906. One of its primary objectives is to make the public aware of the world of antique books. It is the sole representative of the rare book trade in France, and as such, it plays an active part in maintaining relations with the public administration as well as with private organizations and book dealers. Its activities are equally directed towards the promotion of the book trade and the knowledge of the book. The SLAM includes about 250 book, autograph and print dealers, whose knowledge and professionalism are vouched for by strict admission rules. All of them guarantee - competence and scholarship, the authenticity of the books, manuscripts and prints, honesty, professionalism and fair trade throughout the world. Consequently, they are experts in their fields of knowledge. They upkeep the tradition of bibliophily while preparing the bibliophily of tomorrow. They are devoted to the transmission of knowledge and to the preservation of culture. They will advise you on your purchases and can help you develop or sell your collections. Their sales catalogues are precious bibliographic tools. Each year the SLAM organizes an elegant International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris, which attracts over 100 dealers from all over the world. SLAM has also been awarding a Bibliography Prize since 1998. See