HARDOUIN di BELMONTE, F. Una Favola Vera. La vita prodigiosa del Duci illustrata et raccontata ai bimbi. 30 pp. With colour illustrations throughout. Folio, bound in publisher's illustrated boards. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1933. WITH:
HARDOUIN di BELMONTE, F. Una Favola Vera. La vita prodigiosa del Duci illustrata et raccontata ai bimbi. "Seconda edizione aumentata." 36 pp. With colour illustrations throughout. Folio, bound in publisher's illustrated boards. Together preserved in an new blue cloth folding box. Milano: Ulrico Hoepli, .
The first and enlarged second edition of this life of Mussolini for children. As is often the case with books produced in Italy under Mussolini, the imaginative book design belies the banality of the subject matter. These copies are from the collection of Sandro Giuliani, main editor of Il Popolo d'Italia from its beginning till 1936; Giuliani gave its as a gift to his son who was 2 years old at the time, with a loving inscription on the front cover. Giuliani was a close collaborator of Mussolini himself, and for this reason he was sentenced to death and shot by CNL members in Milan on April 29, 1945, just a day after the shooting of Mussolini near Como Sandro.
Of the first edition, OCLC lists only the copy in the Bibliotheque Nationale. Copies of the second edition are at UCLA, University of Minnesota, Princeton and Tel Aviv.
Item nr. 166848