Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore.
Commedia da fare.Firenze: R. Bemporad & Figlio, Editori, 1921 Stock Code: 133932
First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume 3 of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence.
The debut performance in Milan was greeted with shouts from the audience of "Manicomio!" ("Madhouse"), though it was nonetheless a quick success and had a tour on Broadway, New York, by 1922. This copy has a faint ownership inscription of an Italian in Marseilles, "Riccardo Gianella, Marsiglia", and the faint blind stamp of the Societa Italiana degli Autori to the title page.
The first edition is relatively well-represented institutionally, with WorldCat listing 35 copies worldwide (though none at the British Library). It is, however, very scarce in trade, with no copies listed at auction - this is the first example that we have handled.
Octavo. Original white wrappers, titles in black and red.
Some light spotting, but an excellent copy.
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