bit of history
The founder was Oreste Gozzini who in 1850 started the
trading of both ancient and modern books in a shop located in Piazza
del Duomo (Cathedral Square).
In 1887 it had a branch in Rome, 44, Sant'Ignazio street.
Thereafter, following several relocations, in 1959 it finally
settled in via Ricasoli, where it is now, run by the heirs of the
present-day owners (Pietro and Francesco Chellini), father and son,
are the fourth and fifth generation of the family, concerned with
The Bookshop is located in the XVII century rooms of Alfani
Palace and it shows modern display windows, realized in 1966.
The interior is furnished with high wooden shelves, where one
can find editions of any kind, with the exception of detective
stories, thrillers, and school booksi.
Erano frequentatori ed acquirenti della libreria Croce, Einaudi,
Papini e Spadolini.
"È il regno per chi cerca le parole più antiche, perchè è una
delle più rinomate ed antiche librerie antiquarie d'Italia. Ogni
sapere vi è raccolto, ma insuperabile è il settore delle opere di
diritto ed economia.
"Al suo immenso patrimonio cartaceo, Firenze aggiunge la
preziosa perla della Libreria Gozzini".
(Millevolte Firenze. Edizione 1996-97)
The Antiquarian Bookshop is free entrance. It consists of 23
rooms, some of which have vaulted celings, arranged on three
floors, surrounding a large garden. It hosts more than 150.000 volumes
of value (over 2 km of books), ranging from XVth century works, up
to XIXth century and contemporary literature.
Going through the rooms is like traveling through time. The
bookshelves are crammed with thousands of tomes, each with its
multicoloured title printed on the rib.
The great works, whether they be poems, romances, or artistic
books of the Italian as well as of foreign literature, can be found
next to treaties of Geography, Chemistry, manuals, essays,
Architecture, Music, Science, Poetry, or whatelse can attract the
attention of researchers, enquiring bibliophiles, or just
A specific sector is dedicated to Law, provided with an
pathway across Art, History, and Science
Appreciating an ancient book is not the only emotion one can
experience. As a matter of fact many editions of the same title
are often available that one can relish, relating to the
styles of the editors, the translators, or the writers.
styles, make-ups, bindings, colours, illustrations, printing
methods... the pathway comes across not only the history of
literature, but it mingles with the very history of printing.
If, while browsing through a book, it is possible to
notice specific methods of make-up, presentation, and illustration
of the story, then one can live many pathways of the same
narration. The paper, the glue, the fabric, the twisted thread of
the binding, the ink itself can be touched and perceived as a sole
all-engaging emotional message together with the written story.