Mantua: Marzia Corraini, (1994). Single volume, measuring 12 x 12 inches: . Original color pictorial photographic wrappers, bound with binder clips, as issued. 59 unnumbered leaves on various paper stocks: some colored, some transparent, some with cut-outs, some with drawings. Bound into the volume is a heavy piece of cardboard for support, not included in page count. Inscribed by Bruno Munari in pencil, “MUNARI ciao,” at end of introduction. Small blindstamp of designer Steven Guarnaccia to first leaf. Light dents to wrappers from clips. Housed in publisher’s original plastic envelope.
Signed first edition, one of 1000 copies, of this experimental children’s book by Bruno Munari, whose early work with the Futurists and Surrealists informed his career in graphic, visual and industrial design. La Favola delle Favole consists of a vibrant collection of loose sheets to be inscribed, illustrated, altered, and shuffled. Noting that no two copies of the book are identical, the front wrapper proclaims: “Gli autori di questo libro sono: Bruno Munari e . . . bambini,” “the authors of this book are Bruno Munari and children.” In his introduction, Munari offers a few creative prompts, but urges children to let their imaginations guide them in transforming the sheets of paper into the ultimate fairy tale: “più è fantastica e più è divertente,” “the more fantastic, the more fun it is.” La Favola delle Favole has been reissued at least four times. OCLC locates three holdings of this 1994 first edition in the United States: Florida Atlantic, Princeton, and UCLA. This copy from the library of American designer Steven Guarnaccia, former director of the illustration program at Parsons School of Design. A bright, near-fine copy, signed by Bruno Munari.