The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio.
Translated from the Italian by M. A. Murray. Illustrated by C. Mazzanti.New York : 1892 Stock Code: 30757
NotesFirst edition in English, American Issue. "One of the best known fantasies, and the most popular children's book to come out of Italy... The story was written for a Rome children's magazine, the Giornale dei bambini, where the first instalment appeared on 7 July 1881. It was published as a book in 1883 under the title Le Avventure di Pinocchio: Storia di un burattino (History of a Puppet), and quickly became a best-seller... Lorenzini's publisher is said to have made a fortune out of it, but Lorenzini himself died too early in 1890 to witness its international success... Almost nothing else in children's literature equals Pinocchio for wildness of invention" (Humphrey Carpenter & Mari Prichard: The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).
Small octavo, original patterned cloth printed in blue, patterned edges and endpapers, pp. [iv] + 232. Half-title and title printed in red and black, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by C. Mazzanti. Housed in a quarter dark blue morocco solander box.
A fine copy.
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