Our History

ModelSpace is part of the international De Agostini group of companies!

1901
The geographer Giovanni De Agostini establishes the Istituto Geografico De Agostini in Rome.

1904
The First Calendar Atlas is published by De Agostini.

1908
The Istituto moves its offices to Novara in Northern Italy.

1919
The company is purchased by Marco A. Boroli and Cesare A. Rossi. They strengthen the cartography business with the assistance of Scientific Director Luigi Visintin.

1922
The first issue of Grande Atlante Geografico (The Atlas of the World) is published.

1927
The company begins to diversify its editorial production. The first printing press (a foglio rotocalcografica) is purchased.

1946
The company becomes wholly owned by the Boroli family. Driven by Achille Boroli and his brother Adolfo, its major expansion begins.

1959
The first issue of the Encyclopaedia Il Milione is published. This marks the beginning of the partwork era.

1962
The company creates the 'door-to-door' sales sector in order to distribute encyclopaedias.

1970-1984
The Istituto Geografico De Agostini, as publisher, becomes the strategic centre of the group. It pursues its objectives to expand globally and develop a strong partwork portfolio, using various new distribution channels.

1984-2000
The group operates in over 30 countries worldwide. The main factors contributing to its success can be identified as: efficient media planning; exchange of best global practices; creation of new market segments; relationships with renowned endorsers; the creation of multimedia products; and marketing strategy and product innovation.

2001
The group celebrates its centenary.

2003
New business interests include movie production, distribution, lotteries and insurance.

2004
Debut of the De Agostini Editore S.p.A., which, by the end of 2005, will control all the various sectors of the publishing business.

2012

January 2012 see the launch of De Agostini Publishing USA Inc., a major commitment to the USA market for 2012 and beyond.  

Our Products

Since the publication of our first partwork (collections) in 1959, De Agostini has been constantly expanding and updating its range of products. In addition to models our catalog includes major works on general culture, art, history and geography, as well as practical cooking manuals, DIY books, language and computer courses, music and film collections, and children's and teenagers' books.

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