New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981. Early printing. Octavo, publisher's ocher cloth over red paper-covered boards, spine stamped in black, red endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Early printing of the acclaimed Italian fabulist's meta-fictional novel in variations, a love letter to narrative and to reading: "What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?...You have one hope left, that the ten novels that evaporated in your hands the moment you began reading them can be found in this library." Inscribed on the half-title: "to Roz and Bill/fondly from Italo." Literary agent Roslyn Targ handled foreign rights for Calvino's books; her husband William was a noted editor and bibliophile who, in 1981, published a signed limited edition of one of Calvino's stories under his Targ Editions imprint. Originally published in Italy in 1979. Rear board and lower panel of the dust jacket with printed black star, possibly indicating this as a book club edition, though the unclipped dust jacket is priced and the copyright page indicates this as a second printing, both unusual in such editions. Fine. Item #465