8vo, pp. xxxiii, 153, with 32 photographic plates; uncut and partially unopened in the original printed wrappers.
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First edition of this authoritative bibliography of Pirandello, published just a year after his death. It includes a long introductory essay by Massimo Bontempelli.
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