Located at 19 rue de Tournon, the shop of the Clavreuil family is one of the household names of the street. The dynasty started with Charles Clavreuil, who first opened in shop in 1901, before moving to new premises on 19 rue de Tournon in 1910. During the troubled times of World War I, the shop changed hands and was subsequently taken over by the famous Lucien Scheler, a close friend of surrealists and avant-garde artists such as Paul Eluard and André Breton. Bernard Clavreuil (born in 1940) entered the business in 1962, (when it was known as Librairie Thomas-Scheler) as an intern, and took over the reigns in 1977. Stéphane Clavreuil (born in 1968) joined the company in 1989, but established a new business in London in 2012. Since 2016, the shop has taken back its original name, and is now once again registered as ‘Librairie Clavreuil’.
The shop specialises in various fields, mainly science, medicine, travel, early printing and bindings, and has been supplying national and international institutions, as well as private collectors with rarities for over a century.