À la chasse au bonheur. I libri ritrovati di Renzo Bonfiglioli e altri episodi di storia del collezionismo italiano del Novecento

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] On the hunt for happiness. The books found by Renzo Bonfiglioli and other episodes in the history of twentieth-century Italian collecting

Giancarlo Petrella

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The untimely disappearance in 1963 of the Ferrara bibliophile Renzo Bonfiglioli (1904-1963) marked the dissolution of one of the most prestigious private collections, not only Italian, of the twentieth century, formed by very select printed editions of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, some of which in exemplary single. The passion for collecting was born during the months of detention in the Urbisaglia prison camp between 1940 and 1941. In the post-war period Bonfiglioli gathered a knightly and ariostesque collection in some ways unrepeatable, which included almost all the printed editions, to begin with (unique in the world) from the first three editions of the poem. Equally unrepeatable is the collection of editions printed by Niccolò Zoppino, a writer from Ferrara, who was close to 200 units. Of that fatally dispersed book collection, a substantial nucleus now re-emerges at the Beinecke Library of Yale University.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] On the hunt for happiness. The books found by Renzo Bonfiglioli and other episodes in the history of twentieth-century Italian collecting
Original languageItalian
PublisherOlschki
Number of pages453
VolumeCCII
ISBN (Print)9788822264589
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Storia del collezionismo librario
  • bibliografia
  • history of book

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