Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, . De Luxe Edition. Publisher's quarter tan cloth over green cloth boards, front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial end-papers printed in green, top edge gilt. An absolutely fine copy in the original 'spider-web' glassine dust jacket and the original pictorial box. Collating [ii], 234,  with fourteen tipped-in color plates.
Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his pen name Carlo Collodi (1826-1890) born in Tuscany, was a children's writer and creator of the world-renowned fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio. Lovingly crafted by a woodcarver named Gepetto in a small Italian village near Florence, Pinocchio was created as a wooden puppet - but he dreamed of becoming a real boy. The story has appeared in many adaptations in other media. Pinocchio has been called an icon of modern culture and one of the most re-imagined characters in the pantheon of children's literature. The illustrator of the present work, Maria Louise Kirk (1860-1938) was born in Lancaster, near Philadelphia. She was educated at the School of Design for Women and Academy of Fine Arts (both in Philadelphia). She exhibited her artwork in Philadelphia, where she got an award in 1894. Maria Kirk's characteristic style included exceptionally technically-well-executed children, with bright foregrounds and foreboding dark backgrounds. Her characters are stylized, and statuesque in their quiet beauty. Fine (Item #3591)