[Law & Jurisprudence] Calamandrei, Piero, Elogio dei Giudici scritto da un Avvocato. Firenze: Le Monnier, il 2 marzo MCMXXXV – XIII. Finito di stampare a Firenze nella tipografia <<Enrico Ariani.>> Prima edizione. 22.5 cm 143 pages, 8vo. Italian text. Original blue-and-silver stamped gray paper wrapper (illustrated with a parody of the Scales of Justice), this double association copy has a dedication to legendary publisher, journalist and professor, Giuseppe Prezzolini: “all’amico Prezzolini affettuoso ricordo dell’a.” Stamped signature of authentication on the verso of the title page: “Piero Calamandrei.” Printing error on p. 23, line 4, “Ego quidam” hand-corrected in ink to “Ego cuidam.”
Also, it has the bookplate of Dr. Isa Ragusa, whose family enjoyed a warm relationship with Prezzolini during Prezzolini’s tenure at Columbia University (1929 – 1962). Dr. Ragusa’s father, Andrea Ragusa published Prezzolini’s Repertorio bibliografico della storia e della critica della letteratura italiana 1933 – 1945 under the S. F. Vanni imprint in New York 1946 – 1948.
The book was dedicated to Franco Matricola di Legge, and it is rarely found in the first edition inscribed. This first edition was printed on very fine heavy paper. Each section is set off with colored illustrative devices, usually of a humorous nature. The backstrip of the wrapper is chipped and cracked. There is a break between signatures 5 and 6, at p. 81. Otherwise, this is a remarkably bright and crisp copy of this title, written by Italy’s celebrated anti-fascist professor of law and legal procedure. The original price of 12 Lire is on the back cover. Giuseppe Prezzolini knew Mussolini since 1908, being one of the first to consider Mussolini’s future with confidence, publishing in 1912 one of Mussoilini’s first books, and publishing the first biographical sketch of Mussolini in 1914 (Torquato). Prezzolini weathered the Italian fascist era ensconced as a professor at Columbia University, never having become a member of the Fascist Party.
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