150 booksellers and 50 fine-art experts convene to offer timeless riches in the form of written, printed or illustrated works on paper on the on hand, and some of the most beautiful fine art objects, all endowed with their own personal history, on the other.
Each year a guest institution presents some of the treasures from its collections.
The Rare Book Fair assembles all the actors who make up the book chain : the engraving and photographic department of the National Library of France (BnF), the second-hand booksellers, a familiar site along the banks of the Seine in Paris, associations of book-lovers and book-binders, French book towns and villages. In addition the Fair offers a rich cultural programme with guided tours, exhibitions, signings, paper-making demonstrations and initiation to the world of book collecting for all.
Manuscripts, incunabula, first editions, scientific or popular works, fine bindings, antique or modern engravings... all this to attract specialists and the general public alike.
A rich and varied programme, with ample scope for our 20,000 visitors who can plunge into the world of learning, art and pleasure beneath the glass dome of the Grand Palais, a historical monument and symbolic venue for numerous cultural events.