Books and Manuscripts

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.

The Books and Manuscripts department starts the new year with excellent results as demonstrated by the sale held on the 25th January 2022: with a turnover of € 650,000, 160% increase by value, and 94% of lots sold. From antiquity to the modern age, the auction was characterized by a frenzied rhythm of bids. Thanks to the significant participation of foreign customers and private collectors, both auction sessions confirmed the sound health of the book sector.
As predicted by the experts, the top lots were the exquisite 1477 version of Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia (lot 29, € 93,750), followed by the richly illustrated seventeenth-century atlas by Blaeu and Janssonius (lot 156, € 56,250) and Salvador Dali's revised version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (lot 269, € 56,250).  The wide variety and extraordinary quality of the works presented, resulted in a vibrant list of sale successes: which includes one of the most detailed lunar maps ever made by Cornelio Malvasia (lot 216, € 20,000), Francesco Borromini's architectural illustrations (lot 200, € 15,000) and the famous second edition of Galileo Galilei's Dialogue (lot 204, € 12,500).

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Auction: 20 September 2022

Viewing: 16, 17, 18 September 2022 (10AM/1PM - 2/6PM)


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