Our Library comprises over 6000 volumes on the history of insurance, manuscripts and printed books dating from 1500 to the present day. The collection of these valuable books began fifty years ago and is still ongoing, through a constant search for texts from the past, together with continuous updating on contemporary publications on the history of insurance.
The value and completeness of its collections make the Library a landmark institution of the studies of the history of insurance.
To expand one’s knowledge on the insurance phenomenon means paying attention to its economic, social, legal and technical evolution. For this reason, as well as focussing on the science of insurance, the documentation offered by the Library also takes in the law, economics, actuarial mathematics and statistics.
The Library is included in the Anagrafe Biblioteche Italiane (Register of Italian Libraries) of Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico and in the national Census of Italian editions of the XVI century in which, through a search by location using the MI1179 code, the sixteenth-century publications belonging to our collection can be identified. Modern and antique texts can also be identified within the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service).
Opening time: monday-friday, 14:00-18:00
Person in charge: Claudia Di Battista
For an overview of the Library’s books we could start with the oldest volumes. For example, the extremely rare 1552 edition of the Tractatus de assecurationibus by the Portuguese Pietro Santerna and the one on the Charters of the town of Albenga, published in Asti in 1519 ...
For its Digital Library project Mansutti Foundation has compiled a collection in electronic format of its most valuable texts, which allows them to be consulted from the furthest places of study and makes them available to scholars in their original format and colour ...
In this section we regularly bring attention on a work from our Library which, in our opinion, deserves to be highlighted for its rarity or because it could be of particular interest to insurance history scholars ...