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History of the bookshop

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 1878 was in Via S. Egidio 10.
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 same family.

The present-day owners (Francesco and Edoardo Chellini), father and son, are the fifth and sixth generation of the family, concerned with this activity.

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 books.

Croce, Einaudi, Papini and Spadolini were buyers and frequenters of the bookshop.
“It is the realm for those looking for the oldest words, because it is one of the most famous and ancient antique bookshops in Italy. Every knowledge is gathered, but the sector of legal and economic works is unsurpassed”.

“To its immense paper heritage, Florence adds the precious pearl of the Gozzini Bookshop”.

(Millevolte Firenze. Edizione 1996-97)

      The Libreria Antiquaria Gozzini

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 spines.

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 book-lovers.

A specific sector is dedicated to Law, provided with an extensive catalogue.

A 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.

Different 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.


Children’s Books

Children’s Books

Antiquarian Book Fair Salone della Cultura

These are the books that we will bring to the Antiquarian Book Fair inside the Culture Hall (Salone della Cultura) to be held in Milan on 18 and 19 January 2020 in via Tortona, 27 – 20144 Milan. You can download the PDF file or view the books with the images below. We await customers,…

Children’s Books

The Ptolemaeus of Lienhart Holle

On the evening of July 16, 1482, the sun still shone, when Lienhart Holle smiled in his typography in Ulm. The printing of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia was finished. After all it hadn’t been long since he had learned to engrave woodcut dies for decorating textiles or for making playing cards. Nor since he had observed live…

Gods and Heroes on the slopes of Vesuvius

In 1766 (or probably in 1776, despite the date on the title page), the “Antiquités etrusques, grecques et romaines, tirées du cabinet de Hamilton, envoyé extraordinaire de S.M. Britannique en cour de Naples” were published in Naples. (Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman, antiquities from the cabinet of the Hon. W. Hamilton, his Britannick Maiesty’s…