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.

Extraordinary awards constitute the most recent palmarés: the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri of 1477 sold for 93,750, the Imitatio Christi by Thomas A Kempis of 1472 with the best international performance at € 93,750, the Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis by Salvador Dali sold for € 87,000, and Salvador Dali's revisited version of the Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet for € 56,250. Among the scientific texts, excellent results were beaten for the seventeenth-century atlas richly illustrated by Blaeu and Janssonius (€ 56,250), those by Abraham Ortelius Theatrum orbis terrarum, sold respectively for € 30,000 and € 20,000, and the Atlante Veneto by Coronelli Vincenzo ( € 23,750). Great appreciation by collectors also for Canaletto and Carlevaris's views of Venice (€ 18.750 each) and for artist's books such as the so-called "Bullonato" by Fortunato Depero (€ 18.125).

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