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Books, Autographs & Prints

Friday 15 December 2023, 11:00 AM • Rome

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The auction to be held on 15 December is notable for the careful selection of lots. First of all, the history of thought, with the first edition of Dante's Convivio (lot 1) and the very rare editions of Erasmus' Elogio della Follia (lot 35) and Thomas More's Utopia (lot 33); then various 18th century illustrated books (including the Venaria reale, lot 85) and elegant, modern editions by Munari (lots 367-374). Especially from the 17th and 18th centuries are the sought-after medical and scientific editions, including a copy of the extremely rare Traité de la Lumiere, the founding text of modern Optics (lot 150). Finally, a journey into the geography of the world is offered by the over 100 maps and charts scattered throughout the catalogue, encapsulating in loose sheets the idea of the world between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Rome / Via Quattro Novembre, 114
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Friday 15 December 2023, 11:00 am - SESSION 1 (Lots 1-150)
Friday 15 December 2023, 3:00 pm - SESSION 2 (Lots 151-374)
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11-14 December
from 10am to 6pm

Rome / Via Quattro Novembre, 114
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The Rare Books, Autographs and Early Printed Books Department finds its roots in the decennial experience of Fabio Massimo Bertolo and Silvia Ferrini, and their extensive knowledge of the national and international market.

Sales include all bibliophile areas: from incunabula to modern editions, from illuminated manuscripts to illustrated books produced over the centuries, from local history to the masterpieces of national typography, notwithstanding ancient and early modern printed books, atlases and cartography.

A constant presence is indeed that of the manuscripts and autographs of all periods and genres, alongside historically and culturally-relevant archives, funds and epistolary collections.

In parallel to regular auction sales, the department follows Private Transactions – upon private and institutional clients’ requests – of single works and entire collections. Estimates are always free of charge and are offered with the utmost discretion.

For inheritance and insurance purposes, the department provides fee-based expertise and estimates. Our specialists are registered Periti within the Camera di Commercio.

Our specialists are available for free valuations of single items and entire collections of rare books and libraries, for auction sales in Rome, and expertise for insurance or inheritance purposes.

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