Humboldt Books

Run by Giovanna Silva, Humboldt is an Italian publishing house based in Milan. Humboldt draws inspiration from scientific explorations of the 18th and 19th centuries with the aim of examining travel narrative today. Humboldt collects multidisciplinary experiences, combines knowledge and practices for recounting travels and countries with a watchful and unconventional eye. Humboldt investigates the intersection of journey with geography, literature and art. The publishing house has three editorial lines: Travel Books, Artists' Books, Atlas. A series of special projects and an online section complete the catalogue.
 
La Bonifica di Bradano e Metaponto - Archivi della Basilicata – Vol. 1
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
The first in a series of publications dedicated to the exploration of the archives of the Italian region of Basilicata from an artistic perspective. This volume focuses on areas affected by the reclamation of the water system.
Lisetta Carmi - Genova 1960 / 1970
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication features a selection of photographs by Lisetta Carmi, documenting the social transformations of Genoa during the 1960s. Carmi witnessed the economic boom of the city, but also its everyday life, including her famous photo series of transvestites which caused a scandal at the time.
Antonio Rovaldi - The Sound of the Woodpecker Bill - New York City
2019
English edition
This publication documents a visual research on the perimeters of all five boroughs of New York, featuring a photographic portfolio, a set of maps and a series of texts.
Luca Vitone - Romanistan
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Both a journal and a photographic report, this publication documents Luca Vitone's travel from Italy to India, in the footsteps of the first Roma migrations between the eighth and fourteenth centuries.
Lele Saveri - Hong Kong Barricades
2019
English edition
Images of the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong by Italian photographer Lele Saveri.
Aesthetics and Politics of Logistics
2019
English edition
Aesthetics and politics of architecture of logistics.
Neither Nor / Né altra né questa - The challenge to the Labyrinth / La sfida al Labirinto
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
The catalogue of the Italian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale investigates and develops the theme chosen by the curator Milovan Farronato for the exhibition: the labyrinth.
 Keren Cytter & Antonio Grulli - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem Diary
2019
English edition
A travel diary / a screenplay.
Mario Schifano - America 1970
2019
bilingual edition (Italian / English)
Mario Schifano's road trip in the United States.
 Cloe Piccoli & Stefano Graziani - Palazzo Abatellis Palermo
2019
bilinugal edition (Italian, English)
A contemporary narrative, an artist's book, a surprising journey into a place that we thought we knew.
Nathalie du Pasquier - The Strange Order of Things
2019
English edition
currently out of stock
A reflection on the genealogy of objects (artist's book).
Salento Moderno - An Inventory of Private Houses
in Southern Puglia /  Inventario di abitazioni private nel sud della Puglia
2019
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
currently out of stock
A photographic inventory.
Gabriele Basilico - Free Zone 2006
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
In 2006, film director Amos Gitai invited Gabriele Basilico to undertake a journey retracing the locations of the shooting of Gitai's film Free Zone, on the demilitarized zone between Israel and Jordan. This publication follows this unique photographic project.
Nathalie du Pasquier - Gabon 1977 - Un Don Juan chez les gendarmes
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication presents a comic strip made by a 20-year old Nathalie Du Pasquier in remembrance of a six months journey in Gabon. Inspired by a clipping from a Gabonese daily, the cartoon tells the colorful story of a clumsy Don Giovanni. This edition features an introductory text by the artist, the translated strip, and a facsimile of the comic book in original French version.
Linda Fregni Nagler - Yama no Shashin
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication presents a project by Linda Fregni Nagler about the photographic “School of Yokohama”, which emerged during the Meiji era in Japan. Over the past ten years, the artist has collected hand-colored photographs of this period representing Mount Fuji. She re-photographed them, printed them and colored them by hand, according to colorization method of that time.
Vincenzo Castella - Mississippi / Tennessee 1976
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
A photographic journey in search of the very last bluesmen. The birth of a vocation for the Italian photographer.
 Lina Bo Bardi & Studio Julia - Habitats
2018
English edition
A compilation of Lina Bo Bardi's tenure as director of Habitat, a publication self-dubbed “the magazine of the arts in Brazil”. Between 1950 and 1954, Habitat documented Bo Bardi's early thoughts on Brazilian culture, as well as reflecting her very personal take on modernism. Edited and designed by Julia, with contributions by Tamar Guimarães, Claudia Leisinger, Tony de Marco, Lara Viana and Tuca Vieira.
Incompiuto - The Birth of a Style
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This pioneering group study accompanies the reader on a modern Grand Tour amid Italy's contemporary ruins.
Manifesta 12
2018
English edition
An interdisciplinary analysis of the city of Palermo commissioned by Manifesta 12 and undertaken by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. The research explores the architecture, archaeology and anthropology of the city, its historical archives and personal stories.
Paolo Gioli - Etruschi Polaroid 1984
2018
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
This publication features an unpublished series of artworks by artist Paolo Gioli based on polaroid images of etruscan funerary sculptures set in the Italian city of Volterra. The volume is supplemented by a text on Volterra by novelist D. H. Lawrence, and an essay by historian of photography Roberta Valtorta.
Hämatli & Patriæ
2018
trilingual edition (English / Italian / German)
Catalogue documenting an eponymous exhibition project which interprets contemporary issues such as migration, nationalism, populism and identity, using the symbolism in the Flemish painting of 1570 by Simon de Myle entitled Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat.
 Federico Lodoli & Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli - Towards the Altar of a God Unknown - Liberian Notes
2018
English edition
Federico Lodoli and Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli went twice in Liberia to carry out a study on the war. This publication gathers their travel memoirs, interviews with Liberian warlords and a photographic reportage.
Hercule Florence - Le Nouveau Robinson
2018
English edition
Through a series of scientific contributions and archives, this publication recounts the extraordinary character that was Hercule Florence—an explorer, an inventor and an artist, considered one of the inventors of photography.
Joanna Piotrowska - Frantic
2017
English edition
Frantic brings together black and white photographs, taken in 2016 in Lisbon and later in London, Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro. The series features shelters with their inhabitants as well as shelters photographed on their own. These temporary shelters built inside houses reflect on the general notion of home and the very fragility of the domestic sphere.
Gabriele Basilico - Glasgow 1969
2017
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
Then architecture student Gabriele Basilico photographs the suburbs of Glasgow on a late summer afternoon of 1969, with its Scottish kids, terrains vagues, and 19th-century industrial archaeology. A photographic baptism for Basilico, who will become one of the main contemporary figures of the medium. The publication of this early series is completed with texts by Umberto Fiori, Pippo Ciorra, and Giovanna Calvenzi.