Books in Italy

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As of 2017, three firms in Italy rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: De Agostini Editore, Messaggerie Italiane (it) (including Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol (it)), and Mondadori Libri.[1][nb 1]


Germans in Subiaco, Arnold Pannartz and Konrad Sweynheim, in 1464 set up a printing press and produced "the earliest book printed in Italy,...a Latin grammar by Donatus."[3] Printing technology spread in the 1460s to Rome and Venice; in the 1470s to places such as Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Cremona, Ferrara, Florence, Genoa, Lucca, Mantua, Messina, Milan, Modena, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Parma, Pavia, Perugia, Piacenza, Reggio Calabria, Treviso, Turin, Verona, Vicenza; and in the 1480s to places such as L'Aquila, Pisa, Reggio Emilia, Siena, and Udine.[4][5]

At the time of Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the Biblioteca Magliabechiana in Florence merged with the Biblioteca Palatina Lorenese (it), and by 1885 became known as the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Central Library). The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma formed in 1876. As official legal deposit libraries, both maintain copies of works published in Italy.[6]

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization named Turin the 2006 World Book Capital.


Notable shops in Italy include:


In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ The same three topped the list in 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2017", Publishers Weekly, US, 25 August 2017 
  2. ^ "World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016", Publishers Weekly, US, 26 August 2016 
  3. ^ Peckham 1940.
  4. ^ Proctor 1898.
  5. ^ "Index: Place of Publication", Incunabula Short Title Catalogue: the International Database of 15th-century European Printing, British Library, retrieved 3 December 2017 . (Searchable by town)
  6. ^ Franca Arduini (1990). "The Two National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome". Libraries & Culture. 25. JSTOR 25542277. 
This article incorporates information from the Italian Wikipedia.


in English

in Italian

  • Bollettino delle pubblicazioni italiane [Bulletin of Italian publications] (in Italian), Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Firenze  1886-
  • La Bibliofilia [The Book-Lover] (in Italian), Florence: Olschki  1899-
  • Biblioteca di bibliografia italiana (in Italian), Olschki, ISSN 0067-7418  1923-


External links

  • "(Place:IT)", Incunabula Short Title Catalogue: the International Database of 15th-century European Printing, British Library  (Bibliography of editions published on Italian peninsula)
  • "National Bibliographic Register: Italy". The Hague: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. 
  • "Italian Printed Books 1501-1800: Some Bibliographical Resources". Help for Researchers. UK: British Library. 
  • "(su:Book industries and trade -- Italy)". WorldCat. US: OCLC.  (Bibliography)
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