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Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco sas

Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco sas
Specializing in Italian Books, Prints, Early Printing, and Literature.
“An insatiable passion possesses me, which even today I cannot and would not stop…I never grow tired of books ... as they give us so many benefits, they don’t need any food or drink ... they are faithful and beloved friends at the same time, they are ready to blame you, to give you advice...". These words, written by Francesco Petrarca in the XIVth century, may well explain the meaning of this sort of virtual catalogue, in which the love for books unites hundreds of book dealers.
The whole of the catalogues of a rare-book dealer is his spiritual last will, the story of his life, and it makes less painful selling those books that he loves more. Having studied them and having published their description on one of my catalogues, makes that particular book, with those water staining and those worms holes, to remain anyhow a little bit mine”. So, as my old friend Umberto Eco wrote, “Do not hope to get rid of books”, especially in this difficult and dark period for the entire world.
The Libreria Pregliasco was established in Turin in 1911 when the young Lorenzo, Umberto’s grand-father, acquired a dusty second-hand bookshop in Turin. After he returned from ww1, he then published the first catalogue in 1921. Since then, the bookshop has been editing about 300 price lists, brochures and monographic catalogues, highlighting the importance of the text and the author in the cultural context of the period.
Lorenzo’s son, Arturo Pregliasco entered the book-trade early in the Fifties. He gave the company a more international scope and developed its business. In 1961, he moved the bookshop to the present premises in front of the Fine Arts Academy of Turin. He has been active, and very passionate, for more than fifty years: around 1985 his son Umberto started to help him.
I must say that I found perfectly natural to continue the family business under the banner of the tradition, together with an obvious cultural and technological renewal, looking after the auctions, the bookfairs and the Internet. After more than a century of history, and recently after months spent refurbishing the location and sorting thousands of books, the staff of the Libreria Pregliasco receives now the collectors straight on the first floor, in a modern open-space where the antique bookcases meet some design furniture of the Fifties. But the same "historical" address remains for more than 60 years.
All the three generations of Pregliasco have dedicated themselves with enthusiasm to the International League of Booksellers. Lorenzo was one of the founders of the Italian Association in 1948; Arturo has been its President from 1970 to 1976. As for me, I attended an ILAB Congress for the first time as a child in 1971, then served as the ALAI president from 2004 to 2010 and then seated in the ILAB Committee until 2016.
When I was a kid I met the great booksellers of the old times, and I can now say that for almost 40 years I have been sharing, with two more generations of colleagues, exciting experiences not only of books but also of friendship and life. Among the many collectors I met, important or passionate they were, I cannot help but recall an old friend, that I miss a lot: Umberto Eco, whom I had the privilege of introducing in some lectures at Yale and at the Beinecke.
Celebrating the 700th anniversary of Dantes death: “Nel suo profondo vidi che s'interna, legato con amore in un volume, ciò che per l’universo si squaderna”

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Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco sas
Via Accademia Albertina 3 bis
Torino, 10123
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