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    644 Original Issues of the Illustrated Italian Newspaper, L'Arlecchino, from 1848, 1859-1860 and 1863

    [Illustrated Newspaper]. L'Arlecchino. Giornale Comico Politico di Tutti I Colori. Naples, 1848, 1859-1860, 1863. First editions of this Italian newspaper, issued every few days. Extensively illustrated. This run contains the first issue, dated March 18, 1848. A nearly-consecutive run, this collection lacks one issue from 1848, and thirteen issues from 1863. However, this collection includes several full-page supplements (#9 from 1848, and #65, 78, 101 from 1859-1860). Bound in three folio volumes, various sizes. Approximately 11.25 x 8.5 to 14.75 x 11 inches. Two volumes are bound in contemporary quarter morocco over boards, one volume is bound in later full green cloth. Leather-bound volumes are quite worn, with boards loose or detached, with bookplates. Still, a good collection of this beautifully-illustrated newspaper. This newspaper gave an excellent contemporary account of the 1848 Italian revolution, and has articles about Italian contemporary events, including articles about Italian national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. But it is best known for its wonderful comic and satirical illustrations lampooning contemporary Italian life. From the collection of Zita Books.

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