The Bertrand Bookshop – “Livraria Bertrand” – is the largest and oldest bookshop chain in Portugal. Founded in 1732 by Pedro Faure, the first Bertrand store opened its doors in downtown Lisbon and soon became a meeting spot, where authors such as Alexandre Herculano, Eça de Queirós and Antero de Quental would often join in conversation.
In April 2010, Bertrand Bookshop won the Guinness World Record for “the oldest operating booksellers” and its original store in Lisbon won the record for “oldest operating bookstore”. “Livraria Bertrand” is thus the name of a nationwide network with 60 bookstores throughout the country.
To promote an educational, cultural and civilizational development of Portugal and the Lusophone countries through the publication of books and digital media of contents in the area of Education, Reference and Literature, following an editorial policy guided by quality, success and respect for fundamental values and aspects of our society.
From time to time, “Livraria Bertrand” will announce commission opportunities for young illustrators. In recent years, they’ve asked candidates to design tote bags (which they sell in their shops), book covers and more. The following are illustrations by Maria Bessa, which Bertrand then used in tote bags and notebooks to sell in their shops. It was part of a merchandise ‘authors collection’, featuring Sophia de Mello Breyner, Eça de Queirós and Fernando Pessoa.