With Yuletide cheer we are featuring a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century illuminated manuscripts. It was during the febrile 1800s that an appreciation of Gothic design and the artistry of the Middle Ages came to full fruition, and both professional artists and gifted amateurs strove to capture the beauty of illumination in books and other artwork. Also, the new form of color printing known as chromolithography was especially well-suited to recreating the richness of the ancient art form.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Binding Paper pastedown onto boards, with custom cloth box
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Publisher Milan Rizzoli 1945
Seller ID 001348
Buzzati classic in the extremely scarce true first edition. 151,  pp. 4to, 280 by 210 mm. With Buzzati's own illustrations, many in color. Paper pasted onto boards has inevitable chipping along edges and gutter, with some losses of the paper. Binding is tight with pages clean, other than the unavoidable age toning. Perhaps a touch of dust on the binding, but interior free of any soilage. Custom made box to house the book. Box is in fine condition, with handsome blue marbled paper lining much of interior.