LLG Travels: Foire des Livres, Angles sur L’Anglin, France

by Sasha Wilkins on January 15, 2013 · 6 comments

Chanel Eau de Cologne vintage poster
(Scroll to bottom for more glorious vintage fashion prints.)

One of the places in which I am happiest is a very old farmhouse in the middle of fields, somewhere outside a tiny little medieval town in the heart of la France profonde. Angles sur L’Anglin is a ville fleurie in the Vienne, about an hour south of Tours and 45 minutes east of Poitiers, complete with picturesque ruined chateau.

This is where August is spent profitably in wrangling godchildren, baking apple cakes, writing in a swinging basket chair suspended from a tree in the courtyard, drinking red wine, and gently communing with one of my dearest friends (blimey, I’ve just counted on my fingers – it must be nearly twenty years M), her relations, and her adopted French family.

M & I are always allowed one day off from child-wrangling, when we leave the children with her husband and family and bugger off on our own private mission. In 2011, I wanted to cherish M, so we hoofed it to La Roche-Posay, the therapeutic spa town just up the road, where I booked her in for her first ever facial at Melusine, the beauty centre part of the town, and we did some lolling about in robes, drinking tisanes. Last summer we didn’t stray far: just down into Angles for the annual vintage book fair.

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

This is when Angles stops being quite so profonde, and book & print dealers from Paris and indeed all over France, decamp to Angles to sell their wares. (After all, Paris is like a ghost town in mid-August.)

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

The entire village is given over to books, their related ephemera, and prints. Every corner, every public space, every alley has a stall piled with dusty and slightly foxed volumes or a sheet pinned with flapping prints.

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Oh it is *such* a good thing nearly everything is in French, or I would be bent double under the weight of leather bound volumes on the way home to London. (I do read French, but somehow it never seems enormously pleasurable. Too many shades of school.)

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

But it’s the prints that M and I came for. We spent what seemed like hours, thumbing through piles and piles of 20th century advertising prints, and costume plates.

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

And these glorious advertisements for brands I know so well…

vintage Louis Vuitton print

vintage Hermes print

vintage Hotel de la Mamounia Marrakech print

Burberry paris vintage print

I couldn’t resist buying this one for the Lancome PR here in London:

Lancome Cachet Bleu cologne

(I am going to be giving away some of the prints I bought here on LLG at the end of the week, so do stay tuned.)

I was also entranced to come across these folios of maps from long superceded atlases, and bought sheaves to frame for my office wall and for my friend Anne who has a London-based business teaching schoolchildren about maps, (and a map fetish too, if truth be told.)

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

oh and finally, Helen, I saw this and thought of you:

Foire des Livres Angles sur Anglin

 

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Becky | lifestyleflash.com January 15, 2013 at 18:49

This looks so, so lovely! I do love our own book fair on the South Bank but somehow things look so much prettier when written in French…

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amanda January 15, 2013 at 23:41

an entire town taken over by books – what a dream!!

amanda
http://thingstoholdandstir.blogspot.com/

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Clare (SparklySexyCool.com) January 16, 2013 at 04:44

wow – that sounds like a perfect day! I love old maps as well – the history geek in me emerges! x

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Blonde January 16, 2013 at 07:48

Ah, now maps I’m totally with you on. The Best Mate has one in her home that shows ancient borders of Suffolk, and whenever I’m in Edinburgh, I look into the second hand bookshop on Victoria Street – how I’ve not succumbed to the temptation to buy several hundred of Auld Reekie yet, I don’t know.

Your French hideaway sounds glorious.

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Marie Antoinetta January 19, 2013 at 10:33

Oh MY this is HEAVEN…………can I come along next time……..well only joking, but I think I am possibly a France and Book Addict as it is………Though seems like I am not alone…………C’est Magnifique………..:)

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