Record results for the Books and Manuscripts Auction that opens this second semester of 2020 with a total turnover of over € 435,000, 90% of lots sold and 180% increase of sales value.
Once again, the interest in the wonderful world of maps and books dedicated to exploration is confirmed, as an example, the excellent award for the first volume of the famous Atlante Veneto by Coronelli, for the magnificent Venetian views by Canaletto and Carlevaliis, and also for the curious "beaver" map by Nicolas De Fer. Also, interesting results for some rare books, such as Fortunato Depero, for a section dedicated to the city of Milan and for the aerostatic and culinary volumes. (Stefania Pandakovic, Head of Department, enthusiastically states).
A brilliant debut on the auctioneer's rostrum, in both sale rounds, for Stefania Pandakovic, Head of Department, who notes that, in all likelihood the umpteenth success of the volumes inspired by the theme of the journey reveals the current need for escape from the everyday live through the imaginative power of culture. The protagonists of the sale were the Atlante Veneto by Coronelli Vincenzo (lot 200 - € 23.750) which marks the best award for the first volume of the work, the Atlante Novissimo by Antonio Zatta (lot 232) and the "beavers" map by Nicolas De Fer (lot 201), well-known for having introduced to the world the image of rodents building a dam on the shores of Niagara Falls (both lots were sold for € 21,250).
Extraordinary for their ability of being meticulous portraits and for the evocative gaze on Eighteenth-century views and costumes, Canaletto's albums of views of Venice (lot 239) and those of Carlevariis Luca (lot 240) rank among the top lots, reaching € 18,750 award each. The books dedicated to the history and tradition of Milan never lose their attraction for collectors, as proved by the food and wine pamphlet of the early Nineteenth century (lot 163) with a starting price of € 500, closing at € 4,125, and by the Milanese lexicon dictionary from 1606 (lot 3) sold for € 3,000. The interest in the great classics such as the beautiful Anthologia Graeca Planudea of 1469 (lot 65 - sold for € 20,000) is also confirmed as solid, as well as the interest in artist's books now considered as "new classics" with 96 tables in colors by Fortunato Depero (lot 127 - sold for € 6,875) which is the emblem of this market preference, in addition to the success obtained by the volumes dedicated to the theme of aerostatic (lots 135-140), confirming that the unusual and curious topic drives the buyer's investment.
It is now clear that an increasingly educated and curious collecting is thriving. Furthermore, the careful selection from the department on well-preserved volumes is leading to a vivid participation by the foreign public. (Stefania Pandakovic)