The Palazzina Mondadori in Ostiglia, in Art Nouveau style, was the site of Arnoldo Mondadori’s first printing works. Now restored, it hosts his personal and private library made up of around 1,000 books, some signed by the authors themselves.
The Palazzina Mondadori in Ostiglia, in Art Nouveau style, was the site of Arnoldo Mondadori’s first printing works. Now restored, it hosts his personal and private library made up of around 1,000 books, some signed by the authors themselves. The Palazzina also has a number of classrooms, multimedia rooms and exhibition spaces and the ground floor houses the School of Music and Poetry. In collaboration with the Fondazione Mondadori, exhibitions are held focussing on figures from the Mondadori and Monicelli families to celebrate the “Ostiglia Arnoldo Mondadori Prize - A Book at the Cinema.”
The "Arnoldo Mondadori" Trust represents the private library of Arnoldo Mondadori, which was preserved for decades in his studio in Milan (first in Corridoni Street and from 1950 in Via Bianca di Savoia), and subsequently moved to the Foundation's headquarters, and finally to the current hall at the Palazzina Mondadori. This precious collection, separated from the Historical Library of the Publishing House and from the Intangibili, was set up by himself during the sixty years of editorial activity with passion, expertise, and the kind of care of a real bibliophile. The collection, increased even after Arnoldo's passing, includes almost a thousand volumes - many with dedication - some of which are difficult to find on the antique market. Of particular interest is the great section dedicated to D’Annunzio, which includes various editions of individual works or collections of the poet from Abruzzo. There is, among other things, a volume edited to promote the subscription to the Opera omnia, printed in Verona by Mardersteig, which, for a lapse of memory of D’Annunzio himself, whom he readily attributed to the Editor, did not have "The Ship "in the plan. There are over two hundred and fifty dedications and about thirty different signatures and notes. It was cataloged in 2015.