Discovering the library treasures of the De Amicis museum in Imperia

Most of the world knows him as an intellectual thanks to the book “Cuore”, but few know that Edmondo De Amicis was born in Imperia – to be precise, in Oneglia – in October 1846, in a house which overlooked the square that is now dedicated to him. Anyone who were to pass by, on the 170th anniversary of his birth, might find a small but interesting surprise on the ground floor of the Leonardo Lagorio civic library, which is now headquartered in the old courthouse. Taking advantage of the considerable donation by the writer’s family to the City of Imperia, the library has in fact set up a small museum dedicated to the author, which reconstructs his studio, equipped with the original furniture and embellished with numerous editions of his book “Cuore” in the various languages into which it has been translated.
The author’s historical book collection of more than three thousand volumes has been preserved, with religious expertise, and includes his original works and manuscripts; one of the features that, for value and rarity, ensures the ancient collections of Imperia’s public library are unique.

[Alessandra Chiappori]

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