We are a publishing company specialising in books, games, souvenirs from the Como, Lario, Lecco, Brianza and Ticino areas. We value the area with books of different nature: novels, essays and guides.
Our mission is to let people – both to those who live here and to tourists – know about this region so rich in history, culture, tradition and natural beauty to learn to love it.
We design educational games to bring even young people closer to the territory. We believe in the importance of dialogue between old and new generations, convinced that the wealth of experience of one can be mixed with the enthusiasm of others.
Our publications are an invitation to explore in depth culture and nature of what is around us and to which we may not give the right importance.
Our catalogue: passion for this territory
In addition to local history essays you can find books in dialect – which through this language tell us about folkloristic customs and traditions – novels set in these areas, guides, maps and canned games. Over the years we have selected and created a series of vintage images, creating excellent products both as a souvenir and as pieces of furniture. This year our line has expanded with clothing: t-shirts and bags.
In short: our story
Our library was born in 1984, when the owner Alessandro Dominioni, as a collector of ancient books became a bookseller and made his passion a profession, offering old books and prints.
At the beginning of the 1990s we began to publish hard to find books of local interest in anastatic editions.
At the same time, in those years, the publication of many volumes on a local topic grew throughout the territory. Books published by small publishers, associations, private, etc. that were rarely distributed in the Como libraries. This is how we specialised in this sector, becoming a reference, collection and sales point for everything that was published.
But the passion, the emotion and the pleasure of publishing books, took over and being publishers prevailed over being booksellers. Moreover, for some years we have also been making local topic games and souvenirs with a vintage character.
Publishing a book or creating a game takes months of work. We meet with authors, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, typographers, control of numerous drafts, then finally we move on to promotion and distribution, which in the provinces of Como and Lecco we can manage independently.
Taking care of a book, a game, or a product takes time and passion, that’s why, after a long consideration, we decided to change the venue.
For more than 30 years, until 2018, our office was in Via Dottesio library in Como. It’s been a year since we moved to Lipomo, a village just outside Como. This allowed us to enlarge our headquarters and manage to maintain a space for the direct sale of our editions and a selection of local books outside the catalogue and other local publishers.
Alessandro has had several collaborators over the years. In the last eight years he has been joined by his daughter Corinna and son-in-law Alessio, to whom he taught the trade as a publisher, and who are carrying on the business.