Salani Archive : Italian Illustrations between 19th and 20th Centuries


  • Giorgio Bacci


Established in Florence in 1862 by Adriano Salani, the Salani firm is one of the oldest Italian publishing houses still in business. Its catalogue includes authors such as Roald Dahl, Astrid Lindgren, Eva Ibbotson, Michael Ende and, going back to the 19th and 20th centuries, bestsellers such as, on the “romance” side, Carolina Invernizio, Elisabeth Werner, Delly. The Salani archive preserves about 30,000 original drawings, from the end of the 19th to the end of the 20th centuries, thanks to the famous “Gl’Istrici” series, thus also including contemporary artists (Quentin Blake, Emanuele Luzzati, Grazia Nidasio, etc.). The database, which is freely accessible online ( and also contains some of the most important Italian illustrators, as well as some of the earliest Disney publications in Italy (e.g. Snow White [Biancaneve] or Mickey Mouse [Topolino]) and the animated Japanese cartoons in the Seventies and Eighties.




Comment citer

Bacci, G. (2017). Salani Archive : Italian Illustrations between 19th and 20th Centuries. Publije, (3). Consulté à l’adresse