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Sala Gemma

GEMMA/’ʒemɐ/. [from latim] s. f. JEWEL, PRECIOUS STONE

Gemma is the space that Livraria Lello dedicates exclusively to its most precious jewels. Rare Books, Manuscripts, First Editions, Luxury Books and Object Books, valuable works that draw the first traces of a constantly growing collection and catalogue.

A privileged location, for those who seek the Book as an object of art, culture, pleasure and investment, but also an exhibition space, where lovers of literature can delight in the stories of some of the most particular works from around the world.


Access to this new space within Livraria Lello is by prior appointment (limited to 50 people/day) and subject to confirmation by Livraria Lello. 

Gemma is open from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm and those who visit it have personalized support. 

If you want to visit Gemma you must:

  1. Complete the registration form below;
  2. Wait for an email from our team to confirm the possibility of accessing this exclusive place, as well as the day and time available for the visit;
  3. If your visit is accepted, you must go to the entrance of Livraria Lello, where you will be received and taken to Gemma.


Collector's Editions

Books are unique objects of knowledge, culture, and art and can also be unique objects of investment. The value of each copy increases in proportion to the particularities that make it special, and the stories that are added to it translate into a monetary value, sometimes unimaginable.

Livraria Lello presents a selection of valuable rare books, luxury books and object books can be purchased na Gemma. We are talking, for example, about a first edition of Memorial do Convento, by José Saramago (on sale for €320), but also of the very rare first editions of Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov (on sale for €5,000), and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (on sale for €9,500).

Some of these works are also available at Livraria Lello's online store, here.

History of Livraria Lello
Books, catalogues, letters and other unique records that tell stories of a century-old brand. In the iconic neo-gothic building at 144 Rua das Carmelitas, a story is told that begins long before its opening on January 13, 1906 and continues to this day. Among these documents are letters from such outstanding figures in Portuguese Literature as Camilo Castelo Branco and Eça de Queiroz!

Livraria Lello Estate
Livraria Lello has invested in the acquisition of rare and old Books, authentic Treasure Books, which, due to their stories and unique characteristics, contribute to culture and human thought. This collection includes works as particular as a copy of the first edition of Moby-Dick, or; The Whale, by Herman Melville, which belonged to Jim Morrison; an extremely rare copy of the first edition of Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, in installments, published by the Revue de Paris in 1856; signed copies of the first French and English editions of The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; a copy of the first edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; a first edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde; and a very rare copy of the first edition of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, among many others.


At 100 years old, a Portuguese publishing house of great importance closed. Livraria Lello did not want this to be the last chapter in the history of Coimbra Editora and, therefore, rescued its valuable heritage, takes care of this collection and now shows it to its thousands of visitors, so that this story does not die, but perpetuate. 

Watch here the documentary "AB VNO AD OMNES - From one to many" that Livraria Lello produced to preserve the memory of Coimbra Editora, starting from it to reaffirm the urgency of valuing the Book as a heritage.

In 2019, with the death of Michael Seidenberg, the “last pirate bookstore in New York”, as immortalized by The New York Times, disappeared. In order to preserve the memory of Brazenhead Books, Livraria Lello acquired part of its estate, which it now exhibits, in a mix that reveals not only some of the most emblematic titles, but also personal and emotional objects from Michael Seidenberg and his mythical bookstore. 


Registration for visit

 If you are really motivated to visit Gemma, fill in this form so that our team can contact you. Thank you!