Antique Books and Prints

The Department that deals with auctions of antique books, engravings and manuscripts was born in 2004 and since then it records important sales both for Italian and foreign authors.
Antique and rare books, manuscripts, engravings, incunabula, books printed in the Sixteen Century, collectible books and first editions are regularly offered in the book sales organized by the dedicated Department. Although the books presented in our auctions space between various subjects, there is a preference for literature, science, geography and astronomy.

The book auctions organized by Cambi are therefore important occasions for collectors and book lovers to acquire works that would otherwise be impossible to find on the art market or in antiquarian bookshops.
A wide selection of catalogs is dedicated to engravings by old masters, a category for which excellent results have often been obtained, both for Italian and foreign authors.
A marked tendency in book auctions that we have been able to observe in the last few years is the attention and interest turned in the direction of historical and contemporary photography, of artists' books with inserts in original graphics, but also for first editions of 20th century literature books and autographs.

Among the lots in the book auctions that have registered the greatest interest, we can't help but mention a few: Giovan Battista Piranesi, Nineteen tomes of the engraved work, containing a thousand etchings, sold for €200,000; Cesare Francesco Cassini, Preparatory manuscript of the great map of France of 1738, sold for €67. 000; Albrecht Dürer, Melancholia I of 1514, an engraving regarded as one of the most accomplished results of Albrecht Dürer's work as an engraver, sold for €42,600; and the first edition of Alessandro Manzoni's masterpiece The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi), a three-volume work preserved in a box and with the original paperbacks, sold for €23,850.

Are you in possession of antique books, manuscripts, first edition books, geographical atlases, autographs or incunabula that you would like to sell? Would you like to receive an valuation for books you possess? The experts of the Department of Books are always at your disposal for free evaluations without obligation for your works. The purpose of the valuation is to express a commercial value; if the books and other works on paper we value suitable to be included in the catalogs of antique book auctions, a viewing in original is necessary.

Would you like to buy antique books, manuscripts, autographs and other precious works on paper? Our experts are always at your disposal for personalized advice and suggestions on how to complete an antique book collection and enrich your library with works of high literary, cultural and economic value.
Department Auctions
Top Lots

The Best Awards

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista ( Mogliano Veneto, 1720 - Venezia, 1778) Diciannove tomi dell'opera incisa, contenenti un migliaio di acqueforti. Seconda [..]

I volumi hanno una legatura conservativa in mezza pelle e punte del secolo XIX che presenta difetti, rotture e mancanze soprattutto ad alcuni dorsi. E [..]
€ 200.100,00
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Tucidide

Thucydides, Venezia, Aldo Manuzio, 1502
In-folio. Magnifica rilegatura coeva in piena pelle impressa a secco s [..]
€ 87.600,00
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(Cesare Francesco Cassini) Description de la France

Ex Libris manoscritto e a stampa. Parigi, seconda metà del secolo XVII [..]
€ 67.600,00
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Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Durer (Norimberga 1471-1528) Melancolia I (1514)
mm 240 x 188. Bulino. Carta vergellata. Vergellatura verticale. Nessun [..]
€ 42.600,00
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Ortelius Abraham (1528-1598) Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, (in fine:) Antue [..]

In folio (mm. 414x272); rilegatura antica in piena pergamena rigida, c [..]
€ 42.600,00
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La Fontaine, Jean de - Chagall Marc Fables.Eaux-fortes originales de M [..]

In-folio. Cm 39 x 30,5. Due volumi. A fogli sciolti entro copertine or [..]
€ 41.060,00
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Giambattista Vico

Principi di una scienza nuova Principj di una scienza nuova intorno al [..]
In-12°. (139 x 80 mm.)270+(12) pp. Rilegatura coeva in pergamena r [..]
€ 37.600,00
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Duval Cartes de geographie

A Paris, Chez M.lle Duval, 1688Bella e sobria legatura coeva in piena [..]
€ 35.100,00
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Giolfi, Antonio - Torricelli, Giuseppe - Guidotti, Gian Lorenzo - Rivi [..]

In-folio. Mm. 600 x 440. Legatura in mezza tela percallina e punte del [..]
€ 26.350,00
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Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Leida,1606-Amsterdam,1669) Cristo guar [..]
mm 280 x 395 (rame) mm 318 x 420 (foglio). Acquaforte. Piccoli restaur [..]
€ 25.100,00
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Alessandro Manzoni I Promessi Sposi

Milano,Ferrario,1825-1827. In-Ottavo. Legature originali in brossura a [..]
€ 23.850,00
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Giovanni Domenico Cassini - Giacomo Filippo Maraldi Pensées astronomiq [..]

Manoscritto cartaceo formato in-4° organizzato in forma di rubrica. Pa [..]
€ 22.600,00
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Blaeu, Johannes - Mortier, Pierre Nouveau theatre d'Italie ou descript [..]

In-folio. Belle legature coeve in piena pelle. Ricchi fregi in oro ai [..]
€ 22.600,00
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Braun Hogenberg Civitates orbis terrarum...1572-1617

Quattro parti in folio. Raccolta di più di duecento incisioni, [..]
€ 22.600,00
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Blaeu, Willem & Jan Novum Theatrum Pedemontii et Sabaudie sive accurat [..]

In-folio. Legature coeve in piena pelle, che presentano abrasioni e ro [..]
€ 20.725,00
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Duval Cartes de geographie

A Paris, Chez M.lle Duval, 1688Bella e sobria legatura coeva in piena [..]
€ 18.850,00
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Denis Diderot and Jean d'Alembert Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raison [..]

33 volumi + 2, comprendenti 17 volumi di testo, 11 +1 di Plance + 4 vo [..]
€ 18.850,00
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Johan blaeu

Blaeu Johan Nouveau Theatre Du Piemont Et de La Savoye. Ou description [..]
In folio cm 53,8x29,8. Straordinario esemplare a carte sciolte mai le [..]
€ 19.300,00
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Coronelli Vincenzo (Venezia, 1650 - 1718) (solo tomo I) Atlante Veneto [..]

In folio. Rilegatura coeva in piena pelle con titolo e fregi in oro al [..]
€ 18.850,00
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Johan blaeu

Blaeu Johan Nouveau Theatre Du Piemont Et de La Savoye. Ou description exacte de leurs villes, palais, èglises, et principaux èdifices, etc. La Haye, [..]
In folio cm 53,8x29,8. Straordinario esemplare a carte sciolte mai legate. Contenuto in eleganti scatole ricavate dalla rilegatura originale in perga [..]
€ 17.600,00
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Carlo Fontana

Templum Vaticanum et ipsius origo cum aedificiis maximè conspicuis ant [..]
In-folio. Rilegatura coeva. Straordinario esemplare alle armi papali d [..]
€ 15.725,00
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Gaetano Petrioli - Petro Berrettino Cortonensi

Tabulae Anatomicae a celeberrimo pictore Petro Berrettino Cortonensi d [..]
In-folio. Elegante rilegatura coeva in piena pelle nocciola con ricchi [..]
€ 15.100,00
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Kaerius, Petrus (Petri Kaerii) Petri Kaerii, Germania inferior id est, [..]

Grande volume in folio. (8 pagine non numerate incluso il frontespizio [..]
€ 15.100,00
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(Giuridica Manoscritti)

Manoscritto cartaceo quattrocentesco che contiene diversi trattati di [..]
€ 14.475,00
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Claes Jansz Vooght - Portolano Olandese dei Mari del Nord e del Medite [..]

In-folio. Legatura coeva in piena pergamena. Due parti rilegate insiem [..]
€ 13.850,00
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Chatelain Henri-Abraham e Nicolas Gueudeville. Atlas historique, ou no [..]

In-folio. Due volumi, che contengono il primo 4 parti e il secondo 3 p [..]
€ 13.850,00
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Castiglione Baldesar

Il libro del Cortegiano Il libro del Cortegiano del conte Baldesar Cas [..]
In-folio.(302x205 mm).(122) carte non numerate. Rilegatura antica in p [..]
€ 13.225,00
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Luigi Rossini Le antichità romane, raccolta delle più interessanti del [..]

Frontespizio non inserito in legatura ma presente sciolto, 101 tavole [..]
€ 12.600,00
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Sacrobosco Giovanni Spaerae [!] mundi compendium foeliciter inchoat. N [..]

In-4°. Legatura in stile monastico, eseguita riutilizzando materiale a [..]
€ 12.600,00
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Pieter Bruegel il Vecchio. Petrus Von Merica(Pieter van der Heyden) da [..]

mm 227 x 300. Bulino. Stato unico (?). Probabilmente primo stato su du [..]
€ 11.975,00
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Fri, 28 Jun 2024 09:51:38 +0000
The Franzoia Mansion: Culture, Knowledge and Love of Beauty
Italian Mansions, one of Cambi's most anticipated Genoese auctions, returns on Thursday, July 4, 2024, in the evocative setting of Mackenzie Castle in Genoa with a new [..]
Wed, 26 Jun 2024 14:13:48 +0000
Modern and Contemporary Art: in dialogue with experts
Giorgio De Chirico, Hector and Andromache, ca. 1964, Oil on canvas, W. 59 – H. 80 Cm, Signed at lower left, signed and titled at back Cambi Auction House’s [..]
Mon, 17 Jun 2024 14:29:44 +0000
Interview with Wristwatch expert Domenico Cecconi
Domenico Cecconi, an expert in the Department of Wristwatches, describes the dedicated auction catalog that will be auctioned in Milan, this Thursday, June 2024, at 3 p.m. [..]
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