The Librairie Paul Jammes is located in Paris, in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, the historical district of publishers, booksellers, bookbinders, and antique dealers, not far from the Sorbonne.
It was in 1925 that Paul Jammes set up shop and opened his bookstore at 3 rue Gozlin, former rue Sainte-Marguerite, on the ground floor of a building dating around 1640, on the old grounds of the abbey of Saint -Germain des Prés. Since then, four generations have worked here, Paul Jammes, his sons Pierre and André Jammes, Isabelle Jammes and Esther Jammes, each developing the bookshop according to their personalities, their centers of interest and of course in contact with collectors, bibliophiles, academics, librarians, and book artisans.
This is how the bookstore, originally focusing on “scholarly books”, has evolved since the last war and devoted itself to rare books without abandoning the tradition of useful books. It covers the main themes of human knowledge but always with the particular attention that has marked the Paul Jammes bookstore for decades: the history of books, printing, typography, image, graphic arts and techniques.
The place has of course undergone some transformations but the “old bookshop” can still be seen through the eye of André Kertesz, who photographed it while passing through Paris in 1963. They were published in 1975 under the name “3 rue Gozlin” in order to celebrate the 50 years of the bookstore. In 2000, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the bookshop, Erik Desmazières made a series of engravings and this magnificent booklet was offered to the friends of the Paul Jammes Bookstore.
Next stop, 2025 for the 100th anniversary!