The tradition of the second hand booksellers goes back to the XVIè century, it was at this time small traders who resold old books furtively. Under the pressure of the Parisian booksellers a very strict regulations was organized in 1649. From this period every peddler had to buy a concession to the city hall of Paris for a symbolic annual sum (few euros a year). So today, more than 240 second hand booksellers spread out on more than 3 kilometres between the quay de Tournelle to the quay de Voltaire. These small green box, all of the same dimensions and declared UNESCO world heritage propose more than 300 000 books and became one of the most visited site of Paris.
LES MARCHANDS D'ESPRITS des quais de SEINE
Ouverts tous les jours du lever au coucher du soleil
Entre le quai de la TOURNELLE et le quai VOLTAIRE