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Jean-Louis Gaillemin. Photographs by Laziz Hamani.New York. Assouline. 2000. Hardback, dust jacket. 232 pages. Profusely illustrated throughout. 305 x 245mm (12 x 9¾"). 2.2kg. English. Very good; very light shelf wear, no tears or inscriptions.'For the first time, a book traces the history of the antique dealing profession from its origins in the 16th century. Evolving along with the political, economic and cultural developments in Europe, the trade blossoms in Paris, establishing as early as the 19th century the French capital's dominance as the international center of the antiques market. Parisian antique shops are the ultimate in the business: plush, elegant, highbrow and discreet. Antiquaires goes beyond the lavish display windows and brings you into this refined world of connoisseurs. Superb photographs made especially for this book capture the magic of the showrooms. The thoroughly documented text, rich with cultural references and enlivened with the words of current leading dealers, provides a solid introduction to the present-day defenders of the great 18th-century French tradition, the experts in 20th-century antiques - from Art Nouveau to the sources of design - and the specialists of "High Curiosity".' (from the blurb). Included at the rear is a list of the important Parisian antique dealers and their specialities.