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Italia Imperiale (La Rivista Illustrata del 'popolo d'italia')
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 22, 2007, #2115, Lot 94)
[Imperial Italy (Italian People's Illustrated Magazine).] Edited by Manilo Morgagni. With a profusion of reproductions of photographs by stefano bricarelli, frederico patellani, lucio ridenti and others, as well as numerous illustrations and paintings. Thick elephant folio, printed boards, soiled; scattered loss on endpapers, preliminaries dampstained at top edge. Parr/Badger I 175. first edition. Milan: La Rivista Illustrata del popolo d'Italia, 1937
Described by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr as "The best Italian propaganda photobook from the fascist era," this heavily illustrated volume graphically reflects Benito Mussolini's vision of pre-war Italy. Produced on a grand scale, each of the 624 pages measures an oversize 17 1/2x14 inches (44.4x35.5 cm.), providing more than ample space for the profusion of montages, modernist imagery, and overall mise-en-scene.