8vo, pp. 346, occasional light spotting; in the original plain wrapper with illustrated dust-jacket, a little worn and repaired.
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First edition of Silone’s Pane e vino, published in German translation in Switzerland where Silone was in exile. The first edition in Italian was published in Switzerland in 1937 (see next item), and the first edition printed in Italy in 1955.
Gambetti-Vezzosi p. 445; Spaducci p. 274.
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