Thursday, May 2, 2013

FROM THE DIVINE COMEDY TO THE EROTIC JAPANESE SHUNGA. IN AN OLD BOOK -Ippogrifo

ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSHOP IPPOGRIFO
Address: Via della Vigna Nuova, 5R
How to get there: It's in the city centre just around a corner of the famous Via Tornabuoni
Opening: Monday to Saturday 9,30 to 12,30 and 15,30 to 19,00 

Looking for precious and unusual gift that can recall Florence? Enter this small and lovely shop...


Antiquarian bookshoop Ippogrifo 

In a tower of 1200, a little lovely shop of twenty square meters. Lots of wood all around and books covering the walls. 
The market for antique publications in Italy is not so big as in other countries. This also means that it is possible to deal excellent bargains! 

Small booklets with original binding in parchment or leather about issuses such as: how to cure with herbs or habits and costumes of Florentine women of the past century. Definitely curious as well as precious and up for sale from 100 euro. 



Up to the more precious manuals such as the anatomical ones, with original hand-made drawings of human body, or the medicines used in the 600 or illustrated publications about costume and textile manufactures 700.

As in the best Florentine tradition, here you can find many versions of La Divina Commedia, the famous poem written by Dante Alighieri. Some of them are illustrated by renewed artists, such as the master Gustave Dore' (picture below).














For pockets less wealthy, they also sell individual pages saved from books that cannot be sold because incomplete or damaged. You can look for rare illustrations from all over the world (many original erotic japanese Shunga) or just texts hand printed, choosing among different historical periods or different topics, sold loose or already framed. 

The owner which started as a collector and now is a leading expert in Florence, is always available to show you old manuscripts, Bibles, maps, prints, first editions of twentieth century and many other rarities. 



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