New York: The Macmillan Company [Printed in Italy by R. Bemporad & Figlio, and printed by G. Spinelli & Co., Florence], 1926. Mussino, Attilio. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. Second printing with illustrations by Attilio Mussino, quarto size, 414 pp. Near fine. Item #20072901
Everyone is familiar with the story of "Pinocchio", the wooden puppet who came to life. Originally published in serial form as "The Story of a Puppet", with the first installment on July 7, 1881, the story was first published in book form in 1883. "Pinocchio" is considered a classic of children's literature, with some seeing therein a "universal icon and a metaphor of the human condition" (n.b., quote per Wiki).
The author, Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890), adopted the name of his home town of Collodi as his pen name; although he began studies to enter the priesthood, he determined that not to be the right path for him. His involvement in Italian politics during the unification of Italy led him to publish political newspapers, which, upon becoming disenchanted with politics, led him to translating works of children's literature and, eventually, to writing his own - and, thus, was born Pinocchio.
This work with illustrations by Attilio Mussino (1878-1954) who provided the first coloured edition of Pinocchio; his illustrations have entered the popular culture as the definitive picture of the endearing, and enduring, wooden puppet and the carpenter who created him, Gueppetto. The first printing with Mussino illustrations was published in 1925 and is somewhat scarce in the marketplace.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full blue textured cloth over boards, debossed illustration of Pinocchio on the front stamped with green, red, ivory and black with two red vertical lines, red lettering stamped on the spine, pictorial endpapers, half-title with whimsical vignettes and lettering in red, line drawing of Collodi by Mussino serving as a frontis, illustrated title page in full colour, the volume is replete with illustrations on almost every page, many full-colour, some with one or two colours, others black and white; quarto size (11 1/2" by 8 3/8"), pagination: [i-x] [1-2] 3-404.
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, the only prior owner marking we see a vintage bookplate on the front free endpaper (with a charming illustration of a small girl standing in front of a curtained cabinet with a bookshelf above, holding an armful of books with a few falling at her feet); some light spots of foxing on the endpapers, the title page with a very small abraded area (approx. one-quarter inch square] just touching the side of the grasshopper (see picture and request more if needed) and a corresponding area on the frontis (not affecting the drawing), one very small speck on the fore-edge, and the remnants of a small sticker on the rear pastedown; note that we had a professional restore the head of the spine, the work is invisible and the binding is now strong and sturdy. The few condition issues are extremely minor and the volume could almost be called fine; a lovely example of a children's classic with stunning illustrations.
___POSTAGE: Please note that due to the paper used the book is extremely heavy, and therefore additional postage may apply; please inquire for details.
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