With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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Original Watercolor Cartoon of Mussolini Entitled "American Cheese"
1 Original Watercolor Cartoon of Mussolini Entitled "American Cheese"
N.d., circa 1943, cartoon proof of Mussolini as a mouse whose tail is caught in a mouse trap. Even without the historic context, this is a delightful watercolor. Now mounted and matted, the paper used was brittle, and thus there are two fractures or cracks in it, one running the entire vertical length. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Il Deserto Tentato.  Mistero in Un Atto, Pavolini, Corrado. (1898-1980)  Music by Alfredo Casella.  Book design by Giulio Cisari
2 Pavolini, Corrado. (1898-1980) Music by Alfredo Casella. Book design by Giulio Cisari Il Deserto Tentato. Mistero in Un Atto
Milano G. Ricordi & C. Editori 1937 First edition Wraps Very Good 
Scarce libretto of a strange Futurist one act opera, with talking a tree (Euphobia), shrubs and airplanes among the characters, some of which are actually human --aviators, soldiers and natives -- even if they intone like actors in a Greek tragedy. This oddball propagandistic work, more an oratorio than opera, celebrates war ("sweet war"), aviation and territorial conquest -- the things that cast a spell on so many Futurists, and which were the essence of Fascism. Three copies located on OCLC of this libretto brochure, at Berkeley, Harvard, and one in Italy. (There are copies of the printed music elsewhere). The work was first performed at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1937. 8vo. 20 by 13 cm. 23 pp. Dedicated to Mussolini. Pavolini, like many adherents of the Futurist Movement, came to embrace Fascism. In his case, he had a brother who was a prominent member of the Fascist heirarchy. After the war, Pavolini found success as a screenwriter. Age toning to the leaves. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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