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The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio.
London: T. Fisher Unwin,, 1892. Translated from the Italian by M. A. Murray. Illustrated by C. Mazzanti. Small octavo. Original patterned cloth printed in blue, titles to spine and front cover in blue, patterned edges and endpapers. Half-title and title printed in red and black, frontispiece with tissue-guard and illustrations throughout by C. Mazzanti. Rubbing to extremities with minor wear to tips, spine browned, boards lightly soiled, top edge dust toned; an excellent copy. First edition in English. "One of the best known fantasies, and the most popular children's book to come out of Italy... The story was written for a Rome children's magazine, the Giornale dei bambini, where the first instalment appeared on 7 July 1881. It was published as a book in 1883 under the title Le Avventure di Pinocchio: Storia di un burattino (History of a Puppet), and quickly became a best-seller ... Lorenzini's publisher is said to have made a fortune out of it, but Lorenzini himself died too early [in 1890] to witness its international success... Almost nothing else in children's literature equals Pinocchio for wildness of invention" (Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard: The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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