Florence: Giulio Giannini & Son, circa 1900. Single volume, measuring 7.5 x 5.5 inches: . Original patterned green and ivory wrappers, pastedown label printed in black and red. Printed in black and red, illustrated with woodcut-style portraits throughout text.
Art historical alphabet, featuring light verse tributes to painters in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, accompanied by portraits of Fra Angelico, Cimabue, Giotto, Holbein, Michelangelo, Perugino, Raphael, and Tintoretto, among others. Botticelli is praised for the pin-up quality of his saints: “any girl will tell you he was artful in his ways / When he made his rapt Madonnas wear their hair like Edna May’s,” and Leonardo for his political savvy: “he managed to die in the arms of a king: / Not a difficult feat, but a chic sort of thing.” Printed by Giulio Giannini, who specialized in attractive souvenirs of Italy for English tourists abroad. A fine example of an ephemeral production, bound in patterned Florentine paper.