About us

The publishing house Leo S. Olschki, which celebrated its centenary in 1986, constitutes a force with remarkable characteristics in the vast Italian panorama of publishing.


Following a lengthy tradition the activity stands out in the field of humanities in the broadest sense of the word. By no means one of the easiest fields in the world of books, with a limited number of copies printed and a very slow distribution. Despite the fact that the majority of the publications are in Italian almost half of the overall production goes abroad which underlines the rôle of the publishing house in the diffusion of our culture beyond the frontiers. The logo, as Gabriele D’Annunzio defined it “a heart crossed and divided”, is familiar to specialists, scholars and librarians all over the world and holds a special significance for cultural institutions and universities. The history of the publishing house, proposed in two large volumes in the occasion of its centenary, spans five generations of the same family and this rare continuity constitutes the implication of a long path still to be covered in and for the world of culture. From Leo to Aldo, from Aldo to Alessandro, to Costanza and Daniele, the fourth generation, to Serena, the fifth: a great tradition that for more than a century has stood for quality in the field of humanities.