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Antiquarian books market


knihy-01.jpgAlso called the „Georges Brassens Market“ (Marché Georges Brassens) is located on a quiet street Brancion in a 15th arrondissement of Paris.

On a place where used to be horse abbatoirs in the past, since 1987 every Saturday and Sunday is held a market of antiquarian books. The precious books go through history thanks to several passionate people who know what value is hidden in the sallow pages. knihy-02.jpgStrolling under the metal constructions of the market place, touching with eyes and fingers the leather covers of the old books, you stop, take a book to your hands, begin to turn the pages, talking with the books sellers, who know what can be found behind the books covers, as do also the book sellers „bouquinistes“ by the Seine river. It is interesting to listen to them talking about history, literature, philosophy. Each of them is specialized in something else, one seller has the whole work of Molière, another the old edition of Russian classics, someone else the travel books, botanical encyclopedia, poetry, old gramophone records, magazines or postcards. Shelves full of old texts, illustrations, drawings, engravings. Charles Dickens, Belgian comics, records of Gainsbourg and Beatles. Some books are older than 1815.

Metal roof of the market place protects from rain and in summer from the heat. Anyway the sun rays manage to get to the books. The sellers of the antiquarian books have chairs with the wool wraps to spend the long weekend hours in this cozy ambiance.

knihy-03.jpgThe Gippe association manages this market since 1987, it has its own library and twice a year the association holds workshops offering the public to penetrate into the world of old books and understand their value.

If you get out of the common tourist points in Paris and on weekend you will come to the street “rue Brancion”, you will not only get a possibility to touch and possibly buy the 19th century books but you will experience a unique occasion to understand a Parisian weekend. To walk among the shelves, listen to the discussions of Parisians, breathe history and let yourself to be a little sentimental.

Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Metro: Porte de Vanves