Title La Leggenda di Amer "Teatrino". Biblioteama. Favola nordica commediata in cinque atti
Binding Hardcover. Paper pastedown on boards.
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher Milano Edizioni S.A.D.E.L.
Seller ID 005389
Scarce toy theater book, replete with five act juvenile play, stage and cut-out characters, props and sets -- the whole kit and kaboodle! No copies located on OCLC. N.d., circa 1935. Oblong, 24.5 by 35 cm. A juvenile pastoral play, characters include a butterfly, a squirrel, a turtle and a deer. The little boy, Amer, is desperate to find a cure for his mother who is ill, and he enlists the aid of the animals, who show themselves to be self-centered and useless. Only the deer has suggestions, such as bringing a red flower from a distant field, all of which are thwarted by the instigation of the other animals. Finally, as the third tip, the deer tells him he should sheer the hair off of a sleeping bear. But the den he is sent to turns out to be the turtle's home. In the last act the deer is transformed to a pretty girl, Alice, and we learn that Amer has brought about his mother's recovery by proving his mettle with tests of patience and bravery. Thus, it would seem the fairy tale story has a not so subtle moral that fit perfectly with Fascistic ideals. The page numbering is not entirely straightforward. It goes up to 66. 14 of these pages are actually unnumbered -- they constitute color backdrops or characters for the various scenes, and they are printed on card stock with perforations to allow easy cutting out of the book. Also four unnumbered leaves or pages at the end with instructions and/or tables. Also one folding stage, and in the back, a pocket meant for safekeeping of cut pieces. As the exact breakdown of the parts and pieces is open to debate, suffice it to say that we can assert that this copy is both complete and in entirely unused condition. The five act playlet is essentially a juvenile pastoral play. The only condition issue, and minor at that, are small tears of the paper pastedown by the rear joint, and perhaps other signs of light handling over the years.