"Books, engravements, pictures" Les bouquinistes Tip by GUYON

Les bouquinistes, Paris: 11 reviews and 26 photos

  Bouquinistes
by GUYON
 
 

They already were there 4 centuries ago and they sold sedicious writings. At the end of the 19e century, they obtained the right to have their box attached to the wall.
Now the job is less dangerous and gives a subtential benefit..
The bouquinistes are 250. Their boxes must be green wagon and their dimensions are legally ruled : 2 meters long, 35 cm high, 80 cm large. They must be opened at least 4 days a week.

What to buy: Initially, they sold only second hand books. They had customers who sold them old books to buy other ones.
Some have kept the initial profession. Others are specialized in collection post cards.
But the stuff mainly proposed is for the tourists : new post cards, drawings and pictures of Paris, guide books, etc.. The regulation which imposes to have only 1/4 of the boxes dedicated to tourism is not respected.
Pay attention to the books which are wraped in transparent cellophane. You can be desapointed by the content.

What to pay: It is rather expensive.

Address: Les quais de la Seine
Directions: Center town, near the Seine
Theme: Books

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 7, 2005
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