Books, are sources of passionate collecting and are divided
into two categories: ancient or rare
books and the so-called "modern antiques". The boundary line,
between the two, is traditionally placed in the year 1830.
Up to that date, the book was considered an artisan object, with the advantages
and disadvantages that follow; all its constituent parts (from the packaging of
the paper to the binding) were the product of manual processes, which is why,
up to the beginning of the 19th century, the average circulation was about 300