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All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.
NY, Random House, (1959). An early American publication of one of the most inventive Italian writers of the postwar period. This copy is inscribed by Calvino to Susan Cheever: "For Susan and for the trees of her country/ Italo Calvino/ 27 March 1960." Calvino spent six months in the U.S. from 1959-1960, most of it in New York. Susan Cheever would have been 16 at the time of this inscription, presumably living with her family in Westchester, where her father, John Cheever, was writing stories about Italy for The New Yorker. The Cheevers had spent 1957 in Italy. Foxing to endpages; very good in a very good, spine-tanned dust jacket with tiny corner chips. Calvino inscriptions are uncommon, and good literary association copies like this one are extremely scarce. [#031670] $2,000
London, Collins, 1956. This is the first English-language edition of Calvino's first book, translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun and inscribed by Colquhoun in the year of publication. Tiny corner bumps; a near fine copy in a very good dust jacket with slight spine fading, light chipping to corners and crown, and a small creased edge tear. Colquhoun also translated or co-translated several of Calvino's later books, such as The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, The Nonexistent Knight, The Watcher, Difficult Loves, Our Ancestors, and Adam, One Afternoon. [#023168] $650
NY, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1971). Fine in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket with a gutter nick at the front spine fold. Still, an exceptionally nice copy. [#000850] $70