Italian Folktales

Italo Calvino
Illustrated by Gérard DuBois
Introduced by Italo Calvino
Preface by Guillermo del Toro
Translated by George Martin

Fantastical monsters, daredevil youths and evil witches bound across every page of this beautiful new Folio edition of Calvino's comprehensive collection.

’An exquisite presentation. Layout, design, typeface, illustrations - an heirloom for any library, a prized set... Proud to be a part of it!’

  1. Guillermo del Toro

Storytelling is intrinsically linked to cultural identity, and for Italy this means Italo Calvino. To rectify the country’s lack of a written history of its folkloric traditions, the writer was commissioned to search the length and breadth of the land, to collate and retell the treasured tales that have shaped Italy's folk heritage. Calvino's collection is held in such high regard that, despite its relatively recent compilation, it is fondly – and justifiably – compared to those of his Northern European counterparts, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Calvino’s 200 tales are presented across two spectacular volumes featuring gold-blocked bindings and printed map endpapers that show each story’s provenance. With illustrations drawing on Goya’s Los Caprichos prints and an imitation snakeskin slipcase inspired by the shape-changing serpents in many of Calvino’s tales, this is a truly exceptional collector’s edition. 

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Jenson

Vol 1: 552 pages; Vol 2: 560 pages

Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations (including 1 double-page spread) in each volume

16 black & white tailpieces in total

Printed endpapers

Ribbon markers

Textured vinyl-coated paper slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

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