In the wake of Salvador Dalì's world record price for the illustrated Bible sold in the last auction, the Books and Manuscripts department inaugurated 2020 with a € 367,000 total turnover, 93% of lots sold and 217% on reserve prices.
"The atlases, travel volumes and books on the city of Milan are enjoying great success. The public is moving towards increasingly refined lots, indicating that cultured collecting is flourishing." declares the satisfied department director, Stefania Pandakovic.
Highlight of the sale is Abraham Ortelius with the Theatrum orbis terrarum - Parergon - Nomenclator ptolemaicus, the sixteenth-century atlases knocked down respectively at € 30,000 (lot 17) and € 20,000 (lot 18), followed by Vincenzo Coronelli with the Atlante Veneto: Corso Geografico Universale (lot 6) sold for € 15,000.
Positive results also for Campo Marzio dell'antica Roma by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (lot 115 - € 12,250), the third edition of the first Italian atlas by Giovanni Antonio Magini (lot 10 - € 8,125), the collection of views by Carlo Bossoli (lot 4 - € 8,125) and the volumes by Giambattista Bodoni: Aesopi Phrygii Fabulae graecae latine conversae (lot 156 - € 7,500) and La Divina Commedia (lot 153 - € 5,000).
Great interest likewise for the more unusual and curious subjects: above all Practica exorcistarum by Valerio Polidori, the treatise on how to identify the presence of the devil and to oppose it (lot 189 - € 5,000).
"The prized books and the excellent state of preservation have allowed us to achieve results of international stature, with the active participation of institutions, 75% were private buyers and foreign customers from China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom" concludes Stefania Pandakovic.