Jean Izarn

Jean Izarn – librairie Chrétien

Illustrated books, advertising, fashion, child litterature, illustrated literature, prints and original works by illustrators

“At the beginning of the 20th century, an extraordinary event took place in Paris. The Chrétien bookstore, created by Mr. Lehec in 1878, cast off and left his home port Saint André des Arts, to cross the Seine and come to anchor 178, rue Faubourg Saint Honore.

Commander Lehec, writes Apollinaire in Le Flâneur des deux-rives, “loved his books so much that he sold them only to the few persons he thought worthy of acquiring. The bookshop was then held for several generations by the family CHRETIEN, specializing in bibliophilia. In 1998, Jean IZARN bought the bookstore, which he frequented from an early age, to Jean CHRETIEN: he kept for his business the name “Chrétien Bookstore”.

Jean Izarn took over the CHRETIEN bookstore from Jean Chrétien in 1999 by choosing to keep the sign of his predecessor but by bending his acquisition policy and the specialization of the bookstore. He was one of the first to embark on “the modern illustrated” and his first catalog on advertising editions caused some excitement among former clients of Jean Chrétien, for whom this form of bibliophile, was more than Unusual ”

text by Emmanuel POLLAUD-DULIAN.

Librairie Chrétien
178, Faubourg Saint-Honoré
75008 Paris

Main contact: Jean Izarn
Collaborators: Claire Roucher-Coelho and Caroline Izarn
Telephone: 01 45 63 52 66


Business hours
Monday to Friday: 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 19:00
Saturday by appointment

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March 2022 catalog

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24 04 2022
February 2022 catalog

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01 12 2019
Le Chevalier de Gutemberg

Acrylic ink on sketch paper laminated on cardboard, (1972-73), 25 x 30 cm, framed. Michel GUIRÉ VAKA, "Sculptor of images", (1936-2015), after a training at...

01 12 2019
modes et manières d’aujourd’hui

Henri de Regnier saw these twelve watercolors by George BARBIER and had fun singing them. Illustrations by George BARBIER. Paris, Librairie Meynial, Pierre Corrard Collection,...

01 12 2019

Print-serigraphy, Art Workshop Michel Caza, signed in the lower right plate, (1982), 57 x 42 cm. Rene GRUAU (Rimini, 1909-2004), of Italian origin, his real...

01 12 2019
La Retraite sentimentale

Brussels, Editions de la Chimère, 1922, in-8, black morocco, upper plate decorated with a mosaic decoration composed of an alternation of five green bands, gray...

01 12 2019
Au grand jardin

Drawings by Georges LEPAPE. Paris, Librairie Lutetia, 1922, in-4, flat bindings, back in black calf, and in black and havana sorrows, ivory parchment dishes, mosaics...

01 12 2019
Dessins et Peintures d’Asie

Dessins et Peintures d'Asie, exécutés au cours de l'Expédition Citroën -Centre Asie- 3ème Mission G.-M. Haardt - L. Audouin-Dubreuil. Road sketch and travel notes. Paris,...

01 12 2019
Baigneuse au bonnet de bain

Gouache, (1925), 31.9 x 23.5 cm. Portrait of a swimmer wearing a red bathing cap, matching her lipstick. The bathing suit is standardized at the...

01 12 2019
Noël-l’Enfant Jésus présenté aux Rois Mages

Watercolor, white gouache, heightened with gold, India ink on paper, signed and dated "1894" lower left, mention "L'Illustration" on the lower right, 43.5 x 31.1...