Books and Manuscripts

A composite proposal of volumes of exceptional prestige together with a loud desire for knowledge…

successfully launch this first semester of auctions, bringing the enchantment of Antique Books and Livres d’Artistes to close with a turnover of € 490,000, 90% of lots sold and 120% revaluation on estimates.
The beautiful section dedicated to maps is confirmed to be highly appreciated by the public of enthusiasts, where the first edition of the "Theatrum orbis terrarum" of 1579 by Abraham Ortelius (sold € 22,500) and the first European atlas to offer descriptions and coordinates stand out among the best auctions maps of the fifteen Provinces of the Chinese Empire by Giacomo Gastaldi (sold € 13,750).
However, Giovanni Battista Piranesi conquered the podium with the edition of his "Carceri d'invenzione" published between 1778/79 (sold € 42,500), which ignites the bidding competition for the entire section dedicated to art books artist, where Salvador Dali also distinguished himself with a "Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis" of 1967 (sold € 8,750). Advertising illustration is also increasingly sought after among collectors, featuring the collection of posters created by Officine Grafiche Ricordi between 1895 and 1914 (sold for €10,000) and curated by great masters of the beginning of the 20th century such as: Dudovich, Mazza, Beltrame, Villa, Terzi, Mellikovitch, Caldanzano, Laskoff.

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