The inauguration of the 2021 auction calendar will be up to the Department of Books and Manuscripts and will be held in Palazzo Crivelli on January 26.
Specimens of the most varied themes, including rare incunabula and manuscripts, volumes illustrated by elegant tables and maps, precious bindings and hard to find artist books: the catalogue offers a very broad range of lots.
Among the top lots, a collector's book-fetish stands out, a gem of graphic and editorial inventiveness: the first edition of Fortunato Depero's “Capolavoro d'applicazione della deformazione" (estimate € 12,000 - 18,000) the fundamental manifesto of Italian Futurism. To be highlighted as well is the excellent copy of Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six Attempts) by the American artist John Baldessari (estimate € 4,000 - 6,000). A beautiful edition of Le Spleen de Paris by Charles Baudelaire (estimate € 2,000 - 3,000), illustrated by Lobel Richie and with a fine binding signed by Ch. De Samblanx is also up for auction.
Among the peculiarities in the section dedicated to ancient books are a series of incunabula including a hand-coloured copy of The Nuremberg Chronicles (Liber Chronicarum) by Hartmann Schedel printed in Nuremberg in 1493 (estimate 90,000 - 140,000), Augustinus De Ancona's Summa de potestate ecclesiastica from 1479 (estimate € 3,000 - 5,000) and a text by Jean Faure, In quatuor libros Institutionum commentarii autographo collati (Venice: 1572), the binding of which reutilised the parchment pages printed by Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz printed in 1468 (estimate € 600 - 900).
Bearing a witness to the workers and customs of the time is a rare first edition of Georgius Agricola's De Re Metallica (estimate € 4,000 - 6,000), a masterpiece of Renaissance woodblock art, a first edition of Plautus' Comoediae (estimate € 3,000 - 5,000) published in 1500 by Giovan Battista Pio with his commentary on the text, and two editions of the famous book on costumes by Cesare Vecellio with the iconic work Habiti antichi, et moderni di tutto il mondo printed in Venice in 1598 and reissued in 1664 (estimate € 2,500 - 3,500 and € 1,500 - 2,500).
Fascinating itineraries at the confines of the world are those illustrated in the travel volumes: atlases adorned with precious hand-coloured maps of the period including Homann, Neuer Atlas 1714 (estimate € 10,000 - 15,000), Blaeu, Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas, 1650 (estimate € 5,000 - 8,000) and Seutter, Atlas novus sive geographicae totius orbis faciem, ca. 1735 (estimate € 8,000 - 12,000). L’Atlante Veneto: Isolario descrittione geografico-historia by Vincenzo Coronelli (estimate € 5,000 - 8,000) with 237 engravings of various double-page maps including those of China, Japan, Ceylon, Madagascar and the Indian Islands; the session dedicated to travel closes with a magnificent copy in red morocco of the work by John Augustus Atkinson (estimate € 3,000 - 5,000) A Picturesque Representation of the Manners, Customs, and Amusements of the Russians (estimate € 3,000 - 5,000).
Lastly, mysterious and surprising, the underwater world in a series of books dedicated to shells, molluscs and marine environments, such as the Index Testarum Conchyliorum, Florence: 1742 by Nicola Gualtieri, (estimate € 3,000 - 5,000) and the elegant treatise on Lombard flora and fauna by Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (estimate € 1,800 - 2,500).