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Italia Imperiale / Imperial Italy
Milan: Popolo d'Italia, 1937. Hardcover. First edition. Very Good hardcover with light rubbing to the tips, a fragile spine with a couple of cracks and a short tear at the heel, a crease to the first two pages, foxing to the first two and last two pages, and soiling to the ffep; otherwise, the interior is generally clean and bright with only very light signs of handling; no dj as issued. BOOKS SHIP THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY, WRAPPED IN PADDING, IN A BOX. An elaborately produced book of fascist propaganda for Mussolini's pre-war 'Imperial Italy.' "The best Italian photobook from the fascist era has to be 'Italia Imperiale.' A 'special issue' of the magazine La Rivista Illustrata del 'Popolo d'Italia' (Italian People's Illustrated Magazine), this enormous volume is the ultimate guide to the Italy of Benito Mussolini... The book combines some excellent modernist photography with painted illustrations and photocollages, but its immediate impact derives from its size--a full-page photograph or montage on this scale has enormous power, especially the many splendid industrial and architectural photographs in the New Version style. ... 'Italia Imperiale' runs through the more-or-less standard iconography of propaganda books, beginning with history ... [then] introducing Il Capo and accounts of Italy's ill-fated colonialist military adventures of the 1930s..., before we are given extensive and interesting views of Italy under construction." (Parr & Badger) Edited by Manlio Morgagni; photographs by Stefano Bricarelli, Frederico Patellani, Lucio Ridenti, and Bruno Stefani; illustrations by Bramante Buffoni, Erberto Carboni, Paolo Garretto, Ruggero Micaelles, Marcello Nizzoli, and Mario Sironi. Unpaginated with many pages of advertising at the rear [624 pages]; color, b&w, and duo-tones throughout; 15 x 17.75 inches. Text in Italian. Ref: Parr & Badger, Photobook, Vo. I, p.175 ; Auer, 802 Photo Books, p.261. Due to size and weight, international and expedited shipping will be more than quoted.
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