Rare book collectors are popping up all around the world. We've compiled a list of five top antique book dealers that have shown diligence and enthusiasm in their company, transforming it into a cultural endeavor beyond economic considerations. Our picks range from Basel to Paris, New York to Chicago, London, Turin, and Milan.

The Enlightenments – New York, Paris, and Chicago 

Sandra Hindman created the antique book merchant Les Enluminures in Paris in 1991, with a branch in Chicago. In May of 2012, their gallery and store in New York opened. The TEFAF in Maastricht, the Winter Antiques Show in New York, Masterpiece and Frieze Masters in London, and Fine Arts Paris are all frequent stops for Les Enluminures. The Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Washington, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles are among its numerous clienteles. Les Enluminures specializes in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but it also sells jewelry from the same eras—a unique combination for a book dealer. 

Sandra Hindman is not only a notable specialist in miniature and medieval manuscripts, but she also conducts study into the so-called "little art" of goldsmithing. She is a Northwestern University professor of art history and the author, co-author, and editor of several books and papers on the history of illuminated manuscripts and medieval rings.

Camille Sourget

Camille Sourget, a Parisian antique book merchant, comes from a dynasty of antique book collectors. She has been fascinated by old literature since she was a youngster and chose early on to seek a career in the industry. She relocated to London after finishing her art history studies and went on to work in her parents' prominent gallery. She spent some time in New York with the world's leading international antique book dealers in order to enhance her understanding of the field. She returned to Paris in 2005 and launched her gallery shop on rue de Seine, which is still operating today. This is where the dealer's staff has welcomed dedicated collectors from all around the globe from the beginning.

Shapero Rare Books

Shapero Rare Books is a well-known antique book trader who also specializes in works on paper. Bernard Shapero founded the firm in Mayfair, London, some 40 years ago, and it has since expanded into two additional locations: a bookstore and gallery on New Bond Street, and Shapero Modern, a post-war and contemporary art gallery near Maddox Street. Shapero Rare Books specializes in illustrated books, travel books, natural history, literature, children's books, guides, Hebraica & Judaica, and Russian works from the 15th to the 20th centuries. 

Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG is a Middle Ages and Renaissance antique book dealer specializing in museum-quality manuscripts, miniatures, and rare ancient, printed books. The merchant, which was founded by Jörn Günther in 1990 and was initially situated in Hamburg, has been based in the historic centre of Basel since 2011. Jörn Günther has been able to rely on a carefully assembled team of world-renowned academics and scholars, all avid bibliophiles, who are dedicated to both research and guiding new clients on their quest to acquire and discover their niche. 

Günther's scholarly interests began with manuscripts from the German Globe Chronicle, but his collection now includes works from all around the world. In 2015, he helped the J. Paul Getty Museum acquire a rare century-old Flemish manuscript documenting the adventures of Burgundian knight Jacques de Lalaing from Dr. Otto Schäfer's private collection; he exhibited the largest known fragment of the Gutenberg Bible, and in 2016, he assisted the J. Paul Getty Museum in the acquisition of a rare century-old Flemish manuscript documenting the adventures of Burgundian knight Jacques de Lalaing from the private collection of Dr (c.1530-40).

Malavasi Library

Libreria Malavasi in Milan is a real tradition in the area of antique book sales in Italy, with over 80 years of business. Paride Malavasi, the company's founder, founded his business in Milan's Via S. Tecla in 1939, and it's still there today, despite a change of official address. After surviving WWII bombing, this business was able to revive, and the dealer was able to enjoy the vibrancy of the postwar era, which was defined by expansion. Libreria Malavasi will first focus on scientific books, architecture, art, local Italian history, rare nineteenth-century publications, and out-of-print twentieth-century editions. When Paride's sons (first Maurizio, then Sergio and Sandra) took over in 1975, the Milanese antique book dealer's vocation preserved its identity while also expanding significantly.