Giuseppe Prezzolini Paradossi Educativi First Edition 1919 Signed and Inscribed

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Paradossi Educativi. Scuola e Vita Biblioteca Popolare di Pedagogia Diretta da G. Lombardo Radice N. 20. <<La Voce>> Società Anonima Editrice, Roma, Trinità Monti 18, 1919. First edition. 8vo, 18.5 cm. The original gray paper wrapper with red and black lettering and the <<La Voce>> printer’s mark of a man tilling his garden on the front cover and an advertisement for L’Educazione Nazionale of G. Lombardo-Radice on the back cover. This copy has the bookplate of Dr. Isa Ragusa, whose father, Andrea Ragusa, Giuseppe Prezzolini described in his l’Italiano inutile: “Era un distinto libraio ed amministratore di imprese editoriali di grande importanza.” (“He was a distinguished bookseller and administrator of publishing companies of great importance.”)

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Prezzolini, Giuseppe. Paradossi Educativi. Scuola e Vita Biblioteca Popolare di Pedagogia Diretta da G. Lombardo Radice N. 20. <<La Voce>> Società Anonima Editrice, Roma, Trinità Monti 18, 1919. First edition. 8vo, 18.5 cm. The original  gray paper wrapper with red and black lettering and the <<La Voce>> printer’s mark of a man tilling his garden on the front cover and an advertisement for L’Educazione Nazionale of G. Lombardo-Radice on the back cover. The original price of 2 lire appears at the foot of the back cover. [91 pages, Nota, indice; 4 pages of advertisements for Istituto Bibliografico Italiano, Roma]. This copy is signed, inscribed and dated by Prezzolini: “all’amico Riccio GPrezzolini N.Y. 1927.”

Born poor in East Harlem to Italian immigrant parents, Peter Riccio worked as a shoeshine boy to earn money to go to college, graduating from Columbia in 1921, during which time, he and his fellow members of the Circolo Italiano were the driving force behind the creation and building of the Casa Italiana on university land.  With the approval of Nicholas Murray Butler, the Casa Italiana was dedicated in 1927 by Guglielmo Marconi, himself, acting as a representative of the Italian government. Graduating with a degree in French and History from Columbia College, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Riccio started teaching on campus right away. He taught French, Spanish, Italian, Comparative Literature and Humanities at Columbia, Barnard and the Juilliard School. As  journalist, author and professor, Prezzolini weathered the Italian fascist era safely ensconced as a professor at Columbia University, never having become a member of the Fascist Party. He came to Columbia as a  professor from Paris at the age of 46 in 1929. This early inscription likely dates from an earlier visit to New York Prezzolini made prior to 1929.

Mostly unopened, this rare surviving inscribed copy records the nexus of Riccio, a first-generation Italian American, with Prezzolini, whose legendary “Voice” was far more than a review and was a publication of enormous importance to Italian culture and intellectual life. The paper is browning at the edges and is fragile. True to form, and ever the visionary, Prezzolini’s first essay from 1914 is entitled, “La Coltura Popolare.”

This copy has the bookplate of Dr. Isa Ragusa, whose father, Andrea Ragusa, Giuseppe Prezzolini described in his l’Italiano inutile: “Era un distinto libraio ed amministratore di imprese editoriali di grande importanza.” (“He was a distinguished bookseller and administrator of publishing companies of great importance.”) A family friend, Andrea Ragusa published Prezzolini’s Repertorio-Bibliografico in New York.

 

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