Evaluation of rare and ancient books

The evaluation of the books requires the analysis of various aspects related to the specimen to be evaluated, including the state of conservation of the work, any aesthetic defects and its importance on the national and international market. Particular attention is now given to the specimens produced between the fifteenth century to the eighteenth century, first editions of the nineteenth century, particular bindings, etc., to do this, before proceeding to a real evaluation, it is required to send photographic material of the work (including binding and title page). This first consultation is carried out free of charge, in order to understand if it is necessary to proceed with an accurate and detailed assessment of the volume.
The knowledge to carry out an evaluation is acquired over time through courses and professional experiences, these techniques I have acquired in various antiquarian and bibliophile libraries present on the national territory which has led me to the evaluation of private book heritage also on international territory as well as the local one and national as well as public ones, such as the Biblioteca Maria Santissima di Montevergine. If you intend to evaluate your collection, contact me and write me your requests, remember that in the case of an evaluation of a work divided into various volumes it is necessary to send photos of all the individual volumes, in the case instead it is a question of evaluating an entire collection indicate the consistency of it.


The study of rare and ancient books by Adelino Di Marino, which takes the name of Adelino Di Marino - Old and rare books, deals with evaluating valuable, rare and ancient material in the book field (papyri, parchments, incunabula, ancient books, prints , ukiyo-e Japanese) and in bibliographic searches for collectors on national and international territory.
The services offered by the Di Marino studio are many and are mainly focused on collectors and antique bookstores, but they expand to public and private libraries, thanks to the professional qualification of librarian issued by the Italian Libraries Association, and in fact there are numerous bodies that have requested authentication and evaluation, acquisition and cataloging services.
Even more, the studio specializes in the research, authentication and knowledge of some particular works and types of materials such as the Comedies of the poet by Alighiero degli Alighieri, the works narrating the deeds of Alonso Quigliano, esoteric works and symbolism and the Japanese ukiyo-e , also creating for the latter a special catalog that is constantly updated.

Below are the various services offered and some projects carried out or access the profile to learn more.

Services for public and private libraries:


  • Managament and cataloging treatment for ancient and modern books, periodicals, electronic resources, according to national regulations and international standards
  • Digitization of acient and modern material
  • Management of book material purchases with complete cataloging
  • Retrieval of the retrospective by storing paper catalogs in computerized catalogs, according to cataloging standards
  • Cataloging of documents on paper or electronic media
  • Automated cataloging using the main systems: SBN, BiblioWin5, WinISIS-TECA, WINIRIDE, ALEPH, etc.
  • Semantic indexing and classification according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (CDD)
  • Reference services
  • Support in the search for documents through the library catalogs and through other sources (national or local OPAC, specialist OPAC, METAOPAC selected resources, bibliographic collection)
  • Library management services
  • Managament of acquisitions and gift
  • Loan and document delivery service
  • Public information services
  • Library statistics and promotion activities
  • Organization of events and exhibitions
  • Moving and physical storage
  • Management of the loan service, with the production of appropriate documentation
  • Creation of systems for assessing the quality of the services offered
  • Revision of catalogs
  • Cleaning and dusting of documents

Graphic projects:


  • Creation and management of websites
  • Social promoter
  • Logos for libraries and archives
  • Graphic creation for magazines
  • Document layout
  • Video editing and editing


Services for private archives:


  • Reordering, filing and inventorying of historical, deposit and current archives of public and private entities
  • Design, management and organization of intergrated archive services
  • Removals and archival storage
  • Optical filing
  • Document digitization



Services for bibliophiles and private collectors


  • Creation of paper and computerized catalogs
  • Cataloging and inventoryng of the document in Italian and English
  • Evaluation of rare and ancient books
  • Translations of texts in Latin
  • Bibliogrpaphic consultancy
  • Symbology and esotericism
  • Private searches for the purchase of valuable material
  • Identification and study of typographic marks
  • Creation of customized ExLibris
  • Research for bibliophiles, collectors and antique libraries of rare and antique books on the national and international market
  • Study and evaluation of woodblock prints and ancient texts
  • Study, consultancy and evaluation of Japanese prints (ukiyo.e)
  • Selling on eBay, creating listings and managing deals
  • Social network promotion





Creator and organizer of the online Book Fair of the Suore di Montevergine Library.
The project was born in March 2020 as an event to entertain Library users blocked at home following the pandemic that affected the entire country.
The first edition saw the participation of 20 authors and the adhesion of the international writer Glenn Cooper. The result was an event that recorded over 200,000 individual views. The Fair is renewed for a second edition in February 2021 with the participation of the famous writer Isabel Allende, the international writer Glenn Cooper and the publishing house D'ORO Collection.
The new edition records 84 national and international authors, various antiquarian libraries among the most important in Italy and many partners such as Medieval Italy, Netphilo Publishing and the Tuscan Bibliographic Society.


Website creation and manage




Evaluation of the book heritage of public and private bodies, bibliophiles and collectors according to international standards and market updates.

Evaluations of single texts or entire collections on national and international territory are carried out.

Latest clients / collaborations in:

Research is carried out on rare and valuable material for bibliophiles, collectors and antiquarian bookstores

Magazine Biblioteca Suore Montevergine
Magazine Biblioteca Suore Montevergine
Numero 3 - 2019
Numero 1 - 2018


Graphics and layout

From September 2017 to February 2018 in charge of the graphic project:
"The Sanctuary of Montevergine".
Totally changing the look of the magazine. I left the project in 2018 due to differences on ideas and working

From March 2018:
Creator of the online magazine: "Magazine" of the Maria Santissima di Montevergine Library - Benedictine Sisters.



Cataloging, evaluation, study and digitization of woodcuts.
Research on the national and international market for collectors.


Study and evaluation of Japanese prints.
Research of rare pieces on the national and international market for collectors and enthusiasts of the ancient Japanese world and Ukiyo-e.


Cataloging, study and identification of typographic marks
History, analysis and insights of typographic studies.


Palazzo abbaziale Loreto

Drawing of the Loreto Abbey Palace - Mercogliano (AV)


Realized by: Adelino Di Marino

Technique: Pencil

Year: 2013


Donated to the State Library of Montevergine


Drawings made for private clients are not published for the sake of privacy.
Publication takes place only if authorized by the owner / conservator for private works.
Drawings for public bodies are published by attaching the link or the name of the recipient body.
As the author of the works, I have the right to publish the public material produced by me on my site or to grant authorization to third parties with the agreement of the owner / conservator.