The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi comprises a series of folk tales, tales based upon the legends which accumulated about Saint Francis and his disciples. There is almost a shrewd simplicity to this folk masterpiece, one of the abiding treasures of Italian literature. Our version is one of the very earliest (1930) publications of the Limited Editions Club. The Little Flowers was originally published in Italy in 1746, and was translated into English for the first time in 1864.Our edition is the first English translation, revised by Dom Roger Hudleston. Printing our luxurious book, Dr. Hans Mardersteig of the Officina Bodini in Verona, Italy made use of a hand-press. He employed a type called Pastonchi, which has a round Italian quality, slightly rococo in detail, but even almost severe in the mass. One can feel the raised, almost braille like quality to the printed words.
For the illustrations, we are extremely indebted to Paolo Molinar, who fashioned more than 100 gorgeous woodcuts. The pictures themselves are full of medieval crudities which definitely tie them to the text; and they are quaint and amusing and delightful. In them, Molinar has captured all of the mocking, reverential and fantastic qualities of the tales themselves.Also, Molnar made the initial letters especially for our book. Further, the paper was made especially for our edition by the mills of P.
Miliani in Fabriano, following the ideas set forth by Dr. It has a creamy tone and a decidedly rugged surface. The pages are deckled, so no two are the same. The book is bound in a most unusual cloth, woven in blue and brown by the Societa Anonyma Fortuny, of Venice.
The top of the book is varnished with a similarly brown shade that was painstakingly polished to create shine. The title is stamped in gold on a blue label upon the spine. As with all of the early slipcases of the LEC, ours has some faults but nonetheless is in remarkable condition. Many slipcases did not survive, so buyers will often find more copies available without the case. This is number 31 of 1500 copies, and is signed by Paolo Molinar.The offer includes the absolutely essential four page Limited Editions Club Monthly Letter. Our proposal should appeal to those who read and collect spiritual books, and to collectors of Italian/medieval literature, as well as collectors of early publications of the Limited Editions Club. Thank you for reading this presentation, and good luck in your searches. Feel free to contact me with any questions. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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