Original logo of Orfelin book store.

Sigedon Books & Antiques is an online shop specialized in rare and antiquarian books, periodicals, engravings, maps, manuscripts and other valuable collectibles. It was opened on eBay in 2008. The store is actually a successor of Naučni i bibliofilski antikvarijat – Orfelin [Scientific and Bibliophilic Antiquarian Book Store – Orfelinfounded in Belgrade in 1985. It was founded by the late Predrag Milovanović, a passionate book lover, interested in researching, acquiring and preserving rare and valuable books, which he viewed as an essential part of not just any one nations cultural history, but as a foundation of cultural history of humanity and civilization as a whole.

His book store was quickly recognized as the biggest and best stocked in the Balkans. The store consisted of only a fraction of his immense private library of over 70 000 books. Initially, the store was specialized in books from the countries of former Yugoslavia and Balkan Peninsula in general, but over time it grew to encompass valuable books in Latin, German, French, English, Russian and other languages. The books cover many diverse subjects such as history, science, medicine, art & art history, literary classics, poetry, religion, etc. Today the store expanded it’s offer to include philately items, posters, historical and vintage photographs, and other collectibles. We also offer free professional opinion and appraisal of books, manuscripts and prints.

We envisioned this blog as a place of gathering for all book lovers, history enthusiasts, collectors and people who’d like to get acquainted with the vibrant world of the antiquarian market. When running an online store it is often the case that we don’t have enough room to present to our buyers the full, rich and enlightening historical and cultural background of particular items in our collection. Here we hope to provide that, and to engage in discourse based on the feedback from our viewers. We encourage you to contact us with any question you might have about any item or subject and to engage in discussions and leave your feedback in the comment sections.

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