The Studio Bibliografico Marini was founded in 1993 by Renzo Marini, who left his job in the environment to pursue his passion for books. It deals mainly in rare and out-of print books, first editions of Italian and foreign literature, artist's books, original works of art, graphic art, volumes with etchings, illustrated books, private press printings and books on the history of all these fields.
Our search engine allows visitors to browse our database of 40,000 books on contemporary art and literature, from original texts and documents to exhibition catalogues, catalogues raisonné, essays, monographs and reference volumes. It also provides access to those volumes not usually listed in our paper catalogues and online lists. These include works on philosophy, cinema, history, politics, philosophy, religion, literary criticism, geography, applied arts, architecture & design, ancient art, etc.
The website is divided into three areas: the Bookshop, the Art Gallery and the Press. The Bookshop publishes three hardcopy catalogues per year, sent free to our customers, bibliophiles, experts and anyone who wishes to receive them. Lists on specific subjects and supplements are issued periodically. Many of them can be downloaded directly from the website.
The Art Gallery presents a permanent exhibition of original etchings and lithographs by 20th century Italian and international artists. A selection of 500 items from our collection is currently available on line and updated monthly. Specific exhibitions are devoted to artists of the last century and to their original works of art on paper (watercolours, drawings, acrylics, etc.)
The Press was established in 2006 as a logical extension to our activities. It aims to publish books illustrated with original works of art, and also in collaboration with important Italian printmakers. The first, "Otto poesie" by Roberto Sanesi, with original acquatints by Joe Tilson, was published in collaboration with Giorgio Upiglio’s Grafica Uno. The first series, edited by Alfredo Giuliani and Achille Perilli, started in February 2006 with "Dal diario di Max" by Giuliani himself with an etching by Perilli. The writer, who died in 2007, published his last book with us. He also directed the series “Spalandodietroivetri” taking the title from his famous “Il Tautofono”. His friendship and enthusiastic collaboration with us will long be remembered and valued. The second volume “Sui bordi dell’impossibile” by Giorgio Barbaglia with an original etching by Enrico Della Torre was published in July 2006.
The Studio Bibliografico Marini has recently launched AILA, the “Italian Association for the Promotion of Artists’ Books and Private Presses”. It aims to promote and support in Italy the knowledge, circulation and trade of artist’s books, books with original etchings, illustrated books and typographical, high quality books printed in limited editions by Italian private presses. It is especially dedicated to those Italian printmakers who published valuable and collectible books. It aims to reconstruct their activities through historic catalogues of works by important Italian etchers like Bartolini, De Carolis, Crippa and Baj. In this area, a special place is devoted to Roberto Sanesi and his passion for books illustrated with original etchings, to which he contributed as poet, artist, translator and series editor. The Studio Bibliografico Marini took part in the XVIII Mostra del Libro Antico, Milan, 16th-18th March 2007.
Articles in newspapers and magazines: - "Quasimodo e i versi di Neruda", Gazzetta del Sud Online, 09 Marzo 2011: www.gazzettadelsud.it/NotiziaArchivio.aspx -"Il catalogo dei moderni. Libri da leggere per comprare libri", la Biblioteca di via Senato, Year II, n. 8, September 2010 -"I pompieri di Giuliani", la Repubblica, 5th August 2006 -"Storie d'imprenditoria rosa". Interview with Giovanna Marini. RAINEWS 24, January 2006 -"Le Signore dei libri antichi", la Repubblica, 13th January 2006 -"Antiche emozioni", la Repubblica, 3th September 2003 (interview with Giovanna Marini) -"Libri d'artista", Grafica d'arte, December 2002 (special mention of the Studio as one of the most qualified experts in the field of artist's books) -"Nel fascinoso mondo degli antichi libri illustrati", L'occhio nel segno, supplement to Grafica d'arte, June 2002 (interview with Renzo Marini) -"A fior di pagina", Capital, July 1995
Renzo Marini, managing director-director of the editions
Adele Marini: responsabile mostre e galleria
Giovanna Marini, antiquarian bookshop manager
Adele Marini, art gallery manager
Maria Cassano, book cataloguing
Mariella Pugliese, webmaster and catalogues editor
ALAI (Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia)
ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers)
FPBA (Fine Press Book Association)
Dicono di noi:
- "Quasimodo e i versi di Neruda", Gazzetta del Sud Online, 09 Marzo 2011:
-"Il catalogo dei moderni. Libri da leggere per comprare libri", la Biblioteca di via Senato, Anno II, n. 8, settembre 2010
- "I pompieri di Giuliani", La Repubblica, 5 Agosto 2006 (articolo di Paolo Mauri)
- "Storie d'imprenditoria rosa", RAINEWS 24, Gennaio 2006 (intervista a Giovanna Marini)
- "Le Signore dei libri antichi", la Repubblica, 13 Gennaio 2006
- "Antiche emozioni", la Repubblica, 3 settembre 2003 (articolo e intervista a Giovanna Marini)-
-"Libri d'artista", Grafica d'arte, Dicembre 2002 (segnalazione dello Studio Marini come principale esperto del settore dei libri d'artista)
- "Nel fascinoso mondo degli antichi libri illustrati", L'occhio nel segno, supplemento a Grafica d'arte, Giugno 2002 (parte dell'intervista a Renzo Marini)
- "A fior di pagina", Capital, Luglio 1995
Fairs and exhibitions: - XVIII Mostra del Libro Antico, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan 2007
Curiosità: Lo Studio Bibliografico Marini ha partecipato all'allestimento delle scenografie dell'ultimo film del regista Sergio Rubini, "L'uomo nero", fornendo l'intero arredo librario di cataloghi e volumi d'arte e di letteratura degli Anni Sessanta. Il protagonista della pellicola è infatti un capostazione ossessionato dall'arte e da Cézanne.