Giuseppe Orioli was born in Alfonsine in 1884 and died in Lisbon in 1942. He was a seller of antique books and an editor.
After the military service he emigrated to Paris and later on to London; here he opened a small antique bookstore and a small publishing house which was the first one to print the famous and controversial novel Lady Chatterley’s lover, by D. H. Lawrence.
Orioli was a great traveler and traveled a lot with his close and special friend Norman Douglas; his life was very intense, full of adventures and great encounters, amongst which the pianist Rubinstein, the founder of Dada Tzara, Eugenio Montale and Gabriele D’annunzio, to name a few.
He died in Lisbon in 1942, in the middle of the second world war, where he is still buried.