First UK edition in English, first printing. Publisher's original brown cloth lettered and ruled to spine and front panel in black, in the pictorial dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm, with a little pushing at the spine tips, the cloth bright and fresh. The contents are clean throughout with light spotting to the text block edges and the top edge dusty. Complete with the dusty, toned dustwrapper, darkened to spine and folds, rubbed and chipped to edges and corners, with a horizontal tear to the upper portion of the spine (beneath the word 'Native' in the title). Price reduction paper label partially removed from the upper panel. With the publisher's correct printed priced of 7/6 net to the spine. Very scarce in the dustwrapper.

D'Annunzio's third collection of stories was originally published in 1886 as 'San Pantaleone', and then revised and augmented in 1902 as 'La novelle della Pescara'. This first English edition, translated by G. Mantellini, contains an introduction by the American novelist Joseph Hergesheimer. An American edition was issued the same year.

Stock code: 22842


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