San Francisco: The Bradstreet Press, 1998. Limited Edition. Hardcover. First and only printing in separate format (one of 250 trade copies, this being no. 49) of this children's story written for the son of a friend. Royal 8vo (233 x 155mm): pp, with nine full-color illustrations reproduced from original paintings by Francesca Ivancich Scapinelli. Printed on Mohawk Superfine Cover Smooth stock, hand-sewn and bound over finely woven grey cloth-covered boards; upper cover with paste-down panel illustrated with winged lion of St. Mark, spine with label titled in gold. Very Fine and unread. Grissom A.70.1.a. Hanneman C362. Fine. Item #BB2333
First published in the Italian magazine Epoca (May, 1950) and then, in English, in Holiday magazine (March, 1951), and finally in the Finca Vigia short-story collection (1987) and in Ernest Hemingway: The Collected Stories (1995). Scapinelli, whose sister, Adriana Ivancich, was one of Hemingway's romantic interests, challenged the author to write a story for her son, Gherardo. Two fables resulted, this and "The Faithful Bull." Arrigio Cipriani, son of the owner of Harry's Bar, in Venice, a favorite Hemingway haunt, contributed an appreciation. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).