Books, Manuscripts and Autographs

“Anyone who collects books collects wishes; and anyone who has many wishes is still very young, even at eighty.” Ugo Ojetti

With the launch of the Books, Manuscripts and Autographs Department, Pandolfini Auction House puts its extensive experience and expertise at the service of a market which needs a prestigious national and international landmark.

The Department evaluates and offers in its catalogues books from the dawn of Western Printing to contemporary publishing, including incunables, illustrated books, limited editions, first editions, fine bindings, as well as literary, scientific and artistic works. Our selection criteria are the rarity and quality of the volumes.

Every book is the object of a careful bibliographic research and every single volume is collated to verify its completeness: our aim is to produce descriptions that satisfy both who consign their goods and those who bid on them. The latter may view the lots in person or are welcome to ask us for detailed condition reports. We always ascertain the provenance of the items.

For centuries, books have been the repositories of human thinking and the key promoters of civilization. If those who argue that the Internet and new reading devices will supersede paper-based publications are right, then books are going to be a good investment. Moreover, fine books have always been a refined and intellectual element of interior design.

Indeed, as Cicero used to say, “a home without books is like a body without a soul”.

The auctions take place twice a year alongside our sales of Modern and Antique Prints and Drawings.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MILAN
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT MILAN
Chiara Nicolini
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ARCADE | Silver, books, porcelain and maiolica

, 30 MAY 2019
Top lots
(Cina – Illustrati 700) DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. Description geographique historique, chronologique, politique, et physique de l’empire de la Chine et de la Tartarie chinoise, enrichie des cartes generales et particulieres de cas pays, de la carte generale & des cartes particulieres du Thibet, & de la Corée, & ornée d´un grand nombre de figures & de vignettes gravée en taille-douce. Tome premier [-quatrieme]. A Paris, chez P. G. Le Mercier, imprimeur-libraire, 1735.
(Atlante) ZATTA, Antonio. Atlante novissimo, illustrato ed accresciuto sulle osservazioni scoperte fatte dai più celebri e più recenti geografi, che ora per la prima volta si produce. Venezia, Antonio Zatta, 1775-1785.
(Manoscritto miniato – Genova) GREGORIO DA PIACENZA. Regola delle Monache di Santa Maria della Passione in Genova, 1411.
(Manoscritto miniato) GUIDO DA PISA. La Fiorita Italica. Provenienza toscana, XV secolo.
(Manoscritto miniato – Milano) CHAIMIS, Batholomaeus de. Incipit co[n]fessio[n]ale siue Interrogatorium p[er] venerabilem fr[atr]em B[ar]tholameu[m] de Cavmi de m[edio]l[an]o ordi[ni]s minorum [com]positu[m] i[n] loco s[an]c[ta]e abazie de a[n]gelis ap[ud] m[edio]l[anu]m. (14 febbraio 1468).
(Manoscritto – Livorno – Epistolario) GIACOMO DA LIVORNO. Copialettere, provenienza toscana, ultimo quarto del XV secolo.
(Geografia – Illustrati 500) ORTELIUS, Abraham. Theatrum orbis terrarum Opus nunc denuò ab ipso Auctore recognitum, multisque locis castigatum, & quamplurimis novis tabulis atquè Commentarijs auctum. (Antverpiae, Auctoris aere & cura impressum, absolutumque apud Christophorum Plantinum, 1579).
(Illustrati 700) DIDEROT, Denis – D’ALEMBERT. Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et de métiers, par une societè de gens de lettres. Mis en ordre et publiè per M. Diderot, [...] e quant à la partie mathématique par M. d´Alembert, [...] Tome premier [- dix-septieme]. A Paris, chez Briasson, David l’ainé, Le Breton, Durand, 1751-1765.
(Inghilterra – Illustrati 700) PINE, John. The Tapestry Hangings of the House of Lords: Representing the several Engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets, in the ever memorable Year MDLXXXVIII, with the portraits of the Lord High-Admiral, and the other Noble Commanders, taken from Life. To which are added […] Ten Charts of the Sea-Coasts of England, and a General One of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Holland &c. Shewing the places of action between the two Fleets […]. London, 1739.
(Toscana – Viaggio – Illustrati 700) ZOCCHI, Giuseppe. Vedute delle ville e d’altri luoghi della Toscana. 1744. [Firenze, appresso Giuseppe Allegrini stampatore in rame, 1744].
(Edizioni di pregio – Illustrati 900) PICASSO, Pablo – BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Chef-D’Oeuvre Inconnu. Eaux-fortes originales et dessins gravés sur bois par Pablo Picasso. Paris, Ambroise Vollard Éditeur, 1931.
Marco Vitruvio Pollione
PETRARCA, Francesco. Secretum Francisci Petrarche de Florencia Poete laureati De Contemptu mundi Incipit foeliciter. (Strassburg, [stampa attribuita a:] Adolf Rusch, [non dopo il:] 1473).
(Botanica – Illustrati 500) MATTIOLI, Pietro Andrea. Commentarii in sex libros Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei de medica materia, iam denuo ab ipso autore recogniti, et locis plus mille aucti. Adiectis magnis, ac novis plantarum, ac animalium iconibus, supra priores editiones longè pluribus, ad vivum delineatis. Venetiis, ex officina Valgrisiana, 1565.
  (Illustrati 600) MORONI, Lino. Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia. Firenze, 1612.
(Bodoni  Illustrati 700 - Parma) PACIAUDI, Paolo Maria. Descrizione delle 
(Edizioni di pregio  Illustrati 900) CHAGALL, Marc  GOGOL, Nikolaj. Les   
(Edizioni di pregio  Illustrati 900) CHAGALL, Marc  LA FONTAINE. Fables.  
(Edizioni di pregio  Illustrati 900) PICASSO, Pablo  CROMMELYNCK, Fernand.
(Periodici – Illustrati 900)Verve. Revue artistique et litteraire. Paris, Éditions de la revue Verve, décembre 1937 - juillet 1960.
(Illustrati 400) HYGINUS. Poeticon Astronomicon. (Venetiis,
(Illustrati 500 – Costumi) VECELLIO, Cesare. De gli habiti antichi,
(Edizioni di pregio – Illustrati 900 – Legatura) DE CHIRICO, Giorgio
Sir William Hamilton
(Medicina) CESALPINO, Andrea. Peripateticarum quaestionum
INSTITOR, Heinrich – SPRENGER, Jacob. Malleus maleficarum
(Giudaica) KETUBAH manoscritta miniata su pergamena, Casale
VASARI, Giorgio. Le vite de più eccellenti architetti, pittori, et
LIBRO D´ORE ALL´USO DI TOURS
MAESTRO DEL PONTIFICALE DI GIOVANNI BAROZZI,