Friday, March 27, 2009

Librairie Alain Brieux, Paris, France

When in Paris last week, I stumbled upon the wonderful Librairie Alain Brieux (mentioned in this previous post). This antique store/rare book shop had a number of extraordinary (if out my price range) artifacts for sale, including, to name just a few: a 1/2 length wax anatomical Venus in a glass case (pictured second from the top); anatomical models rendered in wax and paper-mâché; various skeletal bits; an original poster advertising a popular anatomical museum (5th from the top); medical instruments; rare (and remarkably intact!) optical toy kits; and a wide array of antique medical books with astounding illustrations, which the shopkeeper, who kindly allowed me to take photographs, enthusiastically displayed for me.

Those of you unable to make it to Paris to check out this shop are in luck; Librairie Alain Brieux and some of their best merchandise are coming to New York City for the Antiquarian Book Fair, which will run from April 3-5th at the The Park Avenue Armory. I am promised they will have some really great stuff with them; I, for one, plan to go and check it out!

You can find out more about the book fair (where Alain Brieux will exhibiting in booth B5) by clicking here. To see more photos cataloging the many and various wonders of this shop, click here. You can check out their still-under-construction website, where you an also download PDFs of their catalogs, by clicking here.

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