41st ILAB Congress from 13th to 16th April, 2014
The Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. On this occasion SLAM and its President Anne Lamort are pleased and proud to welcome antiquarian booksellers from all over the world to the 41st ILAB Congress in Paris. The stunning program includes: a visit to the Arsenal Library, a presentation of the treasures held in the National Library of France, excursions to the castles of Ecouen and Chantilly with their marvellous Museum of the Renaissance and bibliophile collections along with private tours of the Dutuit Collection and the Mazarine Library.
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THE MEETING PLACE FOR ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Sunday, 13th April 2014
THE FINAL DAY OF THE SALON INTERNATIONAL DU LIVRE ANCIEN & 25th ILAB INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
2 - 6 pm: Reception in the VIP area of the Grand Palais
2 pm: Official welcome during the International Antiquarian Book Fair
8.30 pm: Welcome cocktail party in the France-Amériques suites of the Hotel Marois, Salons de l'Association France-Amériques
Monday, 14th April 2014
BIBLIOTHÈQUE DE L'ARSENAL AND BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE (BNF)
10 am: Visit and tour of the Arsenal Library
A public library since 1797, the Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal has been affiliated with the Bibliothèque nationale de France since 1934. The collection originated from the library of Antoine René d'Argenson, Marquis of Paulmy, and was held in the home of the Grand Masters of the Artillery at the heart of the old Arsenal of Paris. Today the Arsenal Library holds a rich collection of books, prints and manuscripts on arts, art history, photography, history, literature, music, religion and political science, along with special collections on the history of books and bibliophily.
noon: Lunch at the restaurant Café Bibliothèque, near the National Library of France
2 pm: Visit of the National Library of France with three tours:
1. The Treasure of Books - special exhibition organized by Antoine Coron, director of the Rare Books Reserve
2. The Coronelli Globes - constructed by Vincenzo Coronelli at the end of the 17th century for Louis XIV
3. The Great War 1914 - 1918 - exhibition of the National Library of France
... ONE OF, IF NOT THE LARGEST AND MOST MODERN LIBRARIES IN THE WORLD ... (Francois Mitterand)
7 pm: Evening reception and dinner cruise on the Seine
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ILAB and SLAM look forward to welcoming colleagues from all over the world to the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais and the 41st ILAB Congress in Paris from 11th to 16th April 2014!
International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais from 11th to 13th April, 2014
The Salon International du Livre Ancien au Grand Palais à Paris, in this year's edition the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair, brings together nearly 200 internationally renowned dealers who unveil the rich treasures of our written cultural heritage. Thousands of exceptional manuscripts and autographs, incunabula, bindings, maps, photographs, prints and drawings, and precious 15th to 21st century books covering all imaginable subjects will be on show in the elegant venue of the Grand Palais.
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LE RENDEZ-VOUS DES PROFESSIONELS DU LIVRE ANCIEN DU MONDE ENTIER
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
THE CASTLES OF ECOUEN AND CHANTILLY
9 pm: Day trip to Ecouen Castle and Chantilly Castle
10.30 am: Visit of the Museum of the Renaissance in Ecouen Castle, and visit of the library
Built in 1538, Ecouen Castle is an architectural gem of 16th century France. It houses the National Museum of the Renaissance with an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and tapestries.
noon: Lunch at the Domaine de Chantilly
2 pm: Visit of Chantilly Castle and its book cabinet, library and gardens
Chantilly Castle keeps the unique collection of the Duke of Aumale, who was one of the most important French book collectors. The library comprises 44.000 books including 700 incunabula, 1500 (and 500 illuminated) manuscripts. The book cabinet, constructed between 1876 and 1877 by Honoré Daumet as a presentation room and a place for reading and work, does not only include 19.000 volumes, 1500 manuscripts and 17.500 prints, but also one of the most precious manuscripts in the world: Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry.
afterwards: return to Paris, evening free
Wednesday, 16th April 2014
DUTUIT COLLECTION AT THE PETIT PALAIS AND BIBLIOTHÈQUE MAZARINE
10 am: Private exhibition of the Dutuit Collection in the Museum of Fine Art at the Petit Palais, opposite to the Grand Palais
The Dutuit Collection, donated to the city of Paris in 1902 and since then kept in the Petit Palais, includes beautiful livres d'heures, exceptional prints, danses macabres and other rare and magnificent items such as manuscripts by La Fontaine and a original edition of Michel de Montaigne's Essais, of which Nodier once said that if he had to keep one book it would be this one.
noon: Lunch at the Restaurant Alcazar
3 pm: Visit of the Bibliothèque Mazarine, conducted by curator Yann Sordet
The personal library of Cardinal Mazarin (1602-1661), former minister of Louis XIV, was made open to the public in 1643; thus it is the oldest public library in France which had kept over 40.000 volumes as early as 1652. Affiliated in 1945 with the Institut de France, the Mazarine is now one of the most important literary and scientific institutions of the Ministry of Education owing rich collections of 16th to 18th century encyclopedias, 19th to 20th century history books and medieval manuscripts.
8 pm: Farewell dinner at the Automobile Club of France
(Pictures: courtesy of SLAM, © Eric sempé / BnF, © Architecte D. Perrault, Bibliothèque Mazarine (cliché Nicolas Fève - CC-by-nc-nd))