BASSANI, Giorgio A Prospect of Ferrara London: Faber and Faber, 1962.
8vo., burnt orange cloth gilt to spine; pictorial dust wrapper illustrated by Leonard Rosoman; pp. [iv], 5-220, [iv]; slight pushing to head and foot; else a fine copy in very good jacket, slightly darkened to folds and edges, with some creasing and a few nicks, particularly to folds and spine; a charming example in the jacket.
First UK edition, originally published in the Italian in 1956. This a translation by Isabel Quigly.
A Prospect of Ferrara comprises five short stories written by Bassani in response to his experiences of fascism and anti-Semitism growing up within a Jewish community in Ferrara, Italy during the 1930s and 40s. Bassani was involved in the antifascist movement in the early 1940s and was briefly arrested in 1943. The books later brought him commercial success, and he was awarded the Strega Prize, offered annually for acclaimed Italian literary works.