Bologna, Italy: [Scuola Tipografica Del Comune Di Bologna], 1923. Over 300 b/w & Duotone Illustrations. First Trade Edition. Paperback. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Good +. Item #L059659
Wear and tape repair to wrappers (chiefly to spine and spine edges); soiling, rubbing and browning to wrappers (chiefly to extremities); lacks few leaves; slight internal browning and/or foxing (chiefly to edges).  pages (including plates). Text in Italian. "Volume I" (upper wrapper). Concentration on late-19th and early 20th century developments in Italy; includes bookplate designs, initials, vignette portraits, etc. in addition to book illustration. Examples of designs by Adolfo de Carolis (for Gabriele D'Annunzio), Armando Cermignani, Emilio Mantelli, Giulio Ricci, Giuseppe Torelli, Giorgio Wenter Marini, and others; also notable for the portrait of D'Annunzio by Gino Barbieri. Preface by Cesare Ratta; critical text by Petri. One of 600 trade copies (of a total edition of 850; this is number 431). Lacking 17 pages in all (numbers 16-17, 32-33, 38-39, 44-45, 50-51, 60-61, 62-63, 104-105 and 112), but with most of the 328 original illustrations present. Exceedingly rare in any condition.