Share with :

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Digg

22 National Associations are Members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia - ITALY (IT)

Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia
Via Cassia 1020
I- 00189 - Roma
Phone: +39 3476469147 segr
Fax: +39 06 92933756
E-mail contact:
Chairman: Marco Cicolini
(Libreria Piemontese
Via Monte di Pietà, 13/G
I-10122 Torino

120 antiquarian booksellers belong to the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (ALAI). It was established in 1947 and joined the ILAB a year later. Current president is Marco Cicolini.

On an autumn day in 1947, a small group of book dealers met in Milan to give life to the Circolo dei Librai Antiquari. They were not many, but they were set on granting a cultural dignity to the trade of antiquarian bookselling, on fostering friendship and understanding with foreign colleagues, on cooperating with libraries and institutions for the conservation of cultural property, and on providing collectors with a code of ethics that guaranteed a fair and professional relationship between rare book dealers and their customers. In 1971, the members of the association had increased to a few dozen when the Circle became the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia. It now includes nearly 120 firms engaging in antiquarian bookselling, spread throughout Italy, giving collectors the opportunity to meet with dealers, expert and professional, in all the towns.

The important Italian cultural patrimony allows Italian dealers to offer a large choice of rare books from the 15th to the 19th century. The ALAI has organized the ILAB Congress in Milan 1953, in Ravenna 1964, the 28th ILAB Congress together with the 11th International Book Fair 1986 in Venice, and the fabulous 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair in Bologna in 2010, alongside with Committee and Presidents’ Meetings 1974 and 1999 in Turin and Florence.

ALAI organizes an antiquarian book fair each fall in a different Italians town like Bologna (in autumn) and Milan (in spring).

The rare book trade is anchored in the history of our culture. Therefore, the symbol of the ALAI is the well of wisdom, the mark of the Venetian printer Fontana. For ALAI booksellers scholarship and knowledge are deeply connected with their every day work. To foster this understanding of the professional antiquarian book trade, the website of the ALAI contains many articles about book collecting, great bibliophiles and the trade in general, written by Umberto Pregliasco, Sergio Malavasi or Paolo Tonini. Worth reading is the history of the Italian association that provides interesting details about the history of printing and rare bookselling in Italy.

Book Fairs

International Antiquarian Book Fairs are held in major Italian cities, such as Bologna in September and Milan in March.


The ALAI website has an archive with articles and reviews about the history of printing, important libraries, book collectors and book collecting, as well as the future of the rare book trade.

Annual Meeting



Marco Cicolini
Term of office

2 years

Past Presidents

Mario Armanni (1947-1949)
Cesare Olschki (1949-1953)
Eraldo Aeschlimann (1953-1957)
Gian Vittorio Bourlot (1957-1959)
Alberto Vigevani (1959-1960)
Alessandro Piantanida (1960-1963)
Gian Vittorio Bourlot (1963-1965)
Fiammetta Olschki Witt (1965-1970)
Arturo Pregliasco (1970-1976)
Renzo Rizzi (1976-1984)
Vittorio Soave (1984-1988)
Pietro Chellini (1988-1992)
Vittorio Soave (1992-1996)
Piero Piani (1996-1996)
Giuliano Gallini (1996-2000)
Francesco Chellini (2000-2004)
Umberto Pregliasco (2004-2010)
Fabrizio Govi (2010-2014)
Fulvio Audibussio (2014-2015)

More information

>>>39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair in Bologna 2010

>>> Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco: Living With - And From - Books: A Century of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books of Literature, Fine Arts, Science and First Editions

>>> Fabrizio Govi, I classici che hanno fatto l’Italia - The Italian Printing and the Mind of Man