About us

History

La librairie à Gennes, Maine-et-Loire (49)

We published our first catalogues in Montreal (Quebec) in 1988. At the end of 1993, the Librairie des Carrés was inaugurated in a building dating from Louis XV, in the Saint Louis district of Versailles.
Some 12 years later, we moved to the pretty village of Gennes on the banks of the Loire and since 2005 have been receiving visitors all year round by appointment.

Initially specialised in Travel and Science, our stock is now largely diversified and includes literature and illustrated books, history, agriculture, gardens, architecture, medicine, rare books from the XVth to the XXth century.

We publish one general paper catalogue per year, in November, featuring about 300 works selected from recent acquisitions, and from time to time a smaller thematic catalogue. We participate regularly to the following book fairs:

  • Paris Grand Palais International book fair in April
  • Foire aux livres anciens et métiers du livre de Chinon
  • Lourmarin Book fair in Provence, at the end of August
  • Paris "Olympe de Gouges" book fair at the end of November
  • and other regional or international fairs according to our possibilities.

A significant part of our stock can be accessed online :

Jean-Pierre & Sue FOUQUES

Jean-Pierre FOUQUES

Initially of scientific background, Jean-Pierre has an interest in the evolution of ideas relating to the history of the earth and man's place in the universe. He likes to share with anyone interested the marvellous world of rare books and has given various conferences for the initiation cycle organized by SLAM (Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne).

Jean-Pierre FOUQUES

Sue was born in Berkshire, met Jean-Pierre in Adelaide and they moved to Canada where she took a diploma in Library Science at Concordia University in Montreal. She is responsible for most of the research relating to catalogue entries, and has recently translated a book about the rich history of Gennes.

As members of the Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and the Confrérie de la Librairie Ancienne du Québec (CLAQ), we abide by a strict code of ethics and good practice.

Librairie des Carrés is a SARL with a capital of 120000 €, registered in Saumur (RCS Saumur 393708201, VAT n° FR41393708201).