In the ‘Sala Cossío’ of ‘Las Ventas’ (Madrid), conditioning began in November 2019 to receive the donation of 18,000 volumes from the ‘Carriquiri’ Library, owned by Antonio Briones. The works, which will last four months, until this month of February, will provide the room with the material means that guarantee the safety and conservation of the works, as well as the furniture and personnel necessary for its maintenance.
This private library, one of the most important in the world, will join the 3,000 titles and 4,000 copies already existing.
The Antonio Briones Library includes works by Goya, Picasso, Hemingway, Blasco Ibáñez or José Bergamín, among others. The farmer and bibliophile Antonio Briones signed last April with the Community of Madrid an agreement whereby it will be given in deposit for five years, extendable up to a maximum of fifteen,
This collection also includes original engravings of bullfighting Goya and Pablo Picasso
Among the most outstanding pieces of the collection are 16th-century works and books written in the most varied languages, including Tagalog and Esperanto, as well as first editions of novels, in English, by Ernest Hemingway and Lapierre and Collins.
The "Carriquiri" collection contains books, magazines, prints, posters, hand programs and other objects from the bullfighting world, including a first edition of the Bullfighting of Goya, dated in 1816 or the 16th Century Synodal Constitutions of Toledo, where It reflects the complaint of the priests for the celebration of bullfights on Sundays.
It also includes the History of Bullfighting and the main livestock of Spain by Fernando de Bedoya (1850); o Bullfighting by Pablo Picasso (1959), edited by the prestigious editorial Gustavo Gili, the Genesis of a bullfighting by Eduardo Naranjo (2014), an art book with some high quality prints, such as four dedicated to Sánchez Mejías.
The Community of Madrid will be the depository of this library and will guard the funds to make them available to as many bullfighters and bullfighters as they wish to consult them.
Antonio Briones Linked to the tourism sector as a former co-owner of the Tryp hotel chain, Briones founded the Genoa Group, with firms in the real estate and energy areas, among others.
Antonio Briones Díaz- Entrepreneur and owner of Carriquiri livestock
PHOTOGRAPHY: LAS VENTAS