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The art of Reproducing Codexes

Friday 07 October 2022, 04:00 PM • Milan

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There is a long history behind the term facsimile, which has even been used since the mid-nineteenth century to indicate "copy, exact reproduction of an original". These facsimiles faithfully reproduce statute books and manuscripts, mostly miniati, jealously guarded in libraries all over the world: only thanks to these faithful reproductions can a wide audience, even not just scholars, enjoy the beauty of absolute masterpieces of amanuensis art.

A selection of 129 lots for over 150 volumes that outline a journey within this refined publishing production, starting from the 1930s until the 1980s. Fifty years of publishing mostly German, Austrian, Swiss but also Italian, embracing different genres, favoring books of Hours and illuminated manuscripts of luxury but without neglecting bestiaries, medical, botanical, scientific texts etc.


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Friday 07 October 2022, 4:00 pm - SESSION (Lots 1-129)
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Milan / Via Paolo Sarpi, 6
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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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