FIRST BOOK

Sirio.

Parma, Alessandro Minardi, 1929.

8vo, pp. 60, [4]; an excellent copy, uncut and unopened in the original printed wrappers, minor spotting to edges of wrappers; in a folding cloth box.

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Very rare first edition of Bertolucci’s first collection of poetry, a volume of 27 poems set in his native region of Parma, published when he was just 18 in an edition of only 200 copies (ours is no. 64).

Bertolucci (1911–2000) is ‘one of the most important poets of the generation after Montale … His poetic career began very early with the landscape lyricism of Sirio (1929), followed by a shift in a narrative direction in Fuochi in novembre (1934).' (Oxford Companion to Italian Literature).

Gambetti-Vezzosi p. 64; Spaducci p. 46. Not in OCLC or the British Library catalogue.

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