MUNARI, Bruno (illustrator). The Lorry Driver. London; The Harvill Press. .
24mo., bound as folio. Original pictorial card boards, printed inner covers, stapled; pp. , including covers, assembled from increasingly smaller-sized card leaves; boldly and graphically illustrated throughout in lithographed colours with a lift-up illustration to lower cover revealing the contents of the birthday parcel; a very good copy with external toning, short splitting to spine fold at ends, small bruising to lower forecorners of covers, and a knock to the upper ones; internally very good with some marginal toning; scarce.
First UK edition; originally published in Italian by Mondadori in Milan, in 1945, later retitled "The Birthday Present". A "Bruno Book", priced 5s., printed and made in Italy. This clever work, printed in diminishing scale, describes the journey of a lorry driver delivering a birthday present to his three-year-old son. As the result of a series of breakdowns the father is forced to transfer from a lorry, to a motor car, to a motorcycle, to a bicycle, to a scooter, and then to roller skates; eventually ending up on foot.