Catalog Archive
Auction 195, Lot 626

"Italia Viva",

Subject: Italy

Period: 1941 (published)


Color: Printed Color

6.8 x 8.6 inches
17.3 x 21.8 cm
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This charming travel guide of Italy was created by Professor Giovanni De Agostini and includes 20 of the 21 full-color pictorial maps of Italy and its regions by Vsevolode Nicouline. (The Corsica map and text section are missing from this example.) Each regional map includes illustrations of the people, important sites, resources, and key cities in the region. The map of Italy is divided into regions with shows the coat of arms for each region, with decorative embellishments in the surrounding seas. Each map is accompanied by several pages of text describing the region. The forward by Prof. Agostini is also missing from this example. The pictorial cover shows students flying a monoplane (with one falling out) over a map of Italy with three-dimensional drawings of important sites. Published by Societa Anonima Editrice "Italgeo." Hardbound with cloth spine.

Vsevolode Nicouline (1890-1968) was a Russian painter and illustrator who immigrated to Italy in 1920, where he became known for his book illustrations. Professor Giovanni De Agostini (1863-1941) was an Italian publisher, geographer, and cartographer who founded the "Istituto Geografico Italiano del dott. G. De Agostini & C." in Rome in 1901, which published numerous cartographic and educational works.

References: Rumsey #7964.


Most of the maps are in A condition with just marginal toning; a few are in B+ condition with additional light soiling. Text has uniform light toning mostly along the sheet edges. Front cover is detached, spine backstrip is partially chipped, and the text block is somewhat loose. Detached front cover is bowed along with some soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/15/2023