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Caricatures by Enrico Caruso Complete Collection Issued with the Approval of the Artist

Sisca, Marziale (Preface)

Editorial: "La Follia di New York" 1951 ed., 1951
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Reprint 4to, stiff pictorial wrappers. More than 450 b/w illustrations plus reproductions of 6 manuscripts and letters (with translations from the Italian). According to the autobiographical sketch published as part of the preface to this volume, Caruso at an early age discovered within himself an aptitude and love for drawing. Which discovery perhaps being the sole benefit of his having been placed by his father as an apprentice to a "mechanic" whose practice required the production of mechanical drawings. Having subsequently settled on a alternate career, the great tenor made his New York debut in 1903. There he developed a close friendship with Mariale Sisca, the founder and publisher of "La Follia di New York," a humor and cultural weekly for the Italian community. Caruso's sketches and caricatures found a home on the pages of this magazine as well as in reproductions on post cards, and finally in book form. The first compliation between covers of the sketches was published by Sisca in 1908, followed by an enlarged edition in 1914. The contents of the present "complete" collection were first published in 1922, a year after Caruso's death. This reprint was issued in 1951, and another followed in 1965. Caruso had generously given ownership of the original drawings to Sisca and the timing of the 1951 republication may have been dictated by copyright considerations. The earliest of the drawings apparently date from 1907; the last, a wry self-caricature, was done shortly before his death, which came unexpectedly. In addition to the self-caricatures the subjects of the sketches were primarily of his colleagues in the operatic world, other musicians and composers, and leaders in the political and social life of the era. Generally very good, but with a corner crease, moderate cover staining, paper discoloration and an owner inscription on the inside front cover. N° de ref. de la librería 23596

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Título: Caricatures by Enrico Caruso Complete ...

Editorial: "La Follia di New York" 1951 ed.

Año de publicación: 1951

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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