The story of Francesco Petrarch, from book 8 of ‘Des Cas des Nobles
Hommes & Femmes by Giovanni Boccaccio
Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books specializes in manuscripts, miniatures, and rare early printed books from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The gallery has a stand at TEFAF, the New York Antiquarian Book Fair and the Salon du Livre Rare Paris, and this year also at BIAF and Frieze Masters.
With over 40 years of experience under his belt, Dr Jörn Günther has long been at the forefront of his field, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of his gallery. He has been instrumental in the composition of some of the best collections worldwide, having worked with leading international museums and institutions such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is considered the leading voice of authority for rare books and manuscripts, and deals in one of the only disciplines where it is still possible to find and buy real masterpieces and museum-quality work.
At BIAF, the gallery will present some incredibly rare manuscripts, including a C15th French translation of Des Cas de Nobles Hommes et Femmes by the Florentine humanist and pupil of Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio. This collection of cautionary tales of history’s greats – such as Caeser and Charlemagne – is beautifully illustrated. They will also bring a rare early printed book, the first Italian edition of Roberto Valturio’s De re militari, whose technical and scientific designs Leonardo da Vinci borrowed for his own work
Editor’s note: Dr Jörn Günther Rare Books, who will be exhibiting for the first time at the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze from 26th September – 4th October 2015, the most important arts and antiques fair in Italy.