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The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio.




The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio By Collodi


Publication Date: 1892

COLLODI, Carlo. The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio. Translated from the Italian by M. A. Murray. Illustrated by C. Mazzanti Published by London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1892.

First English edition. Small octavo. Half-title and title printed in red and black, frontispiece and illustrations throughout by C. Mazzanti.

Original blue patterned cloth printed in blue, patterned endpapers and edges to match. Housed in a custom navy blue full morocco clamshell case by the Heritage Bindery, gilt-stamped on spine. Cloth very lightly toned, one corner bumped, internally clean and white with no previous owner's notations.

The London and New York editions are from the same sheets and both dated 1892. First issued in magazine instalments in the Giornale dei bambini (Rome, 7 July 1881 on), Pinocchio was first published in book form in 1883 as Le Avventure di Pinocchio: storia di un burattino, and quickly became a best-seller, though Collodi (real name Carlo Lorenzini) died in 1890 before witnessing its international success.

"Almost nothing else in children's literature equals Pinocchio for wildness of invention" (Carpenter & Prichard, Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).


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