Il Ponte Auction House has always kept its attention towards the collecting of manuscripts and rare books high so much so to inaugurate in 2017 a dedicated department which, in the span of a few years, has caught an ever cultured and curious collecting. The auction house has decided to maintain a broad vision of the market for this sector too, with eclectic awards in which there can be found manuscripts, inculabulum, first editions, autographs, atlas and maps, but also 19th century artist's books, ancient classic texts and historical curiosities. Successful the strategy of favouring quality and rarity of the goods proposed at auction, to attract a productive participation on behalf of important private collectors and foreign audiences.

Among the most active in the field in Italy and in continuous growth, the Books and Manuscripts Department has collected countless accomplishments, reaching only in 2020 a turnover of over 1 billion euros with peaks of 93% of sold lots and 180% of increase on the base prices.

Unforgettable the record award of the Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis by Salvador Dalì sold for € 87,000, and the important sales of the atlas by Abraham Ortelius Theatrum orbis terrarum, awarded respectively at € 30,000 and € 20,000, and the Atlante Veneto by Vincenzo Coronelli (€ 23,750). Great appreciation also for the sights of Venice made by Canaletto and Carlevariis (€ 18,750 each) and the artist's books with the so-called "Bullonato" by Fortunato Depero (€ 18,125).

What people say about us Although we are only at the beginning, 2021 is already a record year for Il Ponte. Yesterday's Books and Manuscripts sale ended with € 500,000 turnover (rights included), 94% of sold lots and 162% of increase on the sales value: a healthy sector, we said, which is confirmed by the performances of items as the Atlante Veneto by Vincenzo Coronelli (€ 20,000), the Depero futurista by Fortunato Depero (€ 18,125) and the large Neuer Atlas - Atlas Novus curated by Johann Baptist Homann (€ 11,875).

Exibart | January 2021

The Books and Manuscripts sale that has opened the second semester of 2020 of Il Ponte in Milan has totalled over 435,000 euros, 90% of sold lots and 180% of increase on the sales value. Debut on the auctioneer's counter, in both sale sessions, for Stefania Pandakovic, head of the department, who observes that, with great probability, another great success of volumes inspired by the theme of travel is indicative of the current need for evasion and escape from everyday life through the imaginative power of culture.

Artslife | September 2020


Video Preview | Books and Manuscripts Auction 26 January 2021

A Video by Stefania Pandakovic, Head of Books and Manuscripts Department, presenting the intriguing proposals from the catalogue of the sale 26 January 2021.