Buzzati, Dino, La Famosa Invasione degli Orsi in Sicilia. Disegni dell’autore. Milano-Roma: Rizzoli, 10-12-45. First edition/prima edizione, 151 pages/pagine, printed in Milano, “nelle officine Rizzoli & C., Anonima per l’Arte, della stampa Piazza Carlo Erba.” 27.5 cm x 20.5 cm.
Gray paper boards stamped with red. Rare surviving pictorial dust-wrapper in very good condition, expertly conserved, de-acidified, mended and lined, with wear at the head and tail of the spine with one mended tear-fold, with very little paper loss, losses now filled. This copy of Buzzati’s famous book is pristine, but the paper is browning at the edges. A rare surviving copy of the first edition of this extraordinary children’s classic, published in war-torn Italy. The illustrations are those of the author. Each spiega has a color illustration. Numerous text illustrations. Original price of 600 Lire written in pencil on the back panel of the dust-wrapper. Now housed in a new, hard, dark-blue cloth, custom-made folding box, with simulated page-edge trim. The author’s name is misspelled “Buzatti” on the box label.