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Lawrence, D.H., trans.  The story of Doctor Manente being the tenth and last story from the suppers of A.F. Grazzini called Il Lasca. Florence: G. Orioli, 1929. 8vo (20.1 cm, 7.91"). Frontis., xxiv, 119, [3] pp.; 2 plts.
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First edition of the first book of the "Lungarno Series": the tale of a wicked practical joke, originally part of a Boccaccio-esque story collection by Antonio Francesco Grazzini (a.k.a. Il Lasca) and appearing here translated and introduced by novelist D.H. Lawrence. The volume is illustrated with three plates: a frontispiece portrait of Grazzini, a reproduction of a coin depicting Lorenzo de' Medici, and a map of the region surrounding Florence, as well as a rather nice title-page vignette.
        This is => numbered copy 380 of 1200 printed according to the edition statement, although it is generally accepted that Orioli actually had 2400 copies printed.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

Publisher's printed paper–covered boards in original dust jacket; spine and board edges darkened, front board slightly warped, jacket in unusually good condition with only tiny nicks at spine extremities and gentle sunning. Text with areas of a few pages and one plate conspicuously affected by foxing that is almost entirely absent otherwise.  (41691)   Please RESHELVE This.


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