The extremely rare first edition of classic book & # 39; The Adventures of Pinocchio & # 39; for children, published in 1883, could be £ 12,000 for you (without obligations)
- Carlo Collodi initially wrote the Adventures of Pinocchio as part of a series of magazines in the 1880s
- When he arrived at the end of the story, a publisher picked it up and printed it in 1883
- Since the first publication, the book has sold more than 35 million copies and has been made into a Disney movie
- The book goes under the hammer tomorrow at Chiswick Auctions with a target price of £ 12,000
An extremely rare first edition of the classic children's book & # 39; The Adventures of Pinocchio & # 39; came on sale for £ 12,000.
The 1883 edition contains drawings of the protagonist with his trademark elongated nose caused by his frequent lies.
Written by the author Carlo Collodi, the 240-page novel was published in his native Italian by Felice Paggi in Florence.
This is the incredibly rare first edition of the Adventures of Pinocchio, printed in 1883 in Italy in the native language of author Carlo Collodi. The book, which will go under the hammer tomorrow, is expected to sell around £ 12,000
The book contains 61 illustrations and has been in the private collection of an Italian family for 50 years
The book quickly became a bestseller and was reprinted 12 times due to the continuing demand for the classic story
The book contains Pinocchio, pictured, whose nose would grow when he was forced to tell a lie
It contains 61 illustrations and the publisher's ads at the end, with some browning on the pages and small tears.
His creation was made famous in a Disney movie in 1940 and the character remains a cultural icon to this day.
The book goes under the hammer with Chiswick Auctions, from London.
It comes from a private Italian collection that has been in that family for at least 50 years.
Carmen Doria, specialist at Chiswick Auctions, said: & # 39; This is a rare first edition in book form of Collodi's masterpiece, originally published in episodes in the & # 39; Il Giornale per i bambini from July 7, 1881.
& # 39; The adventures of Pinocchio appeared in the weekly until chapter 15, the remainder being first published by Paggi in 1883.
& # 39; The Adventures of Pinocchio & # 39; quickly became a bestseller, with no fewer than twelve reprints.
& # 39; The last copies appeared at an auction in Italian auction houses.
The book was filmed in 1940 by Walt Disney. The books have so far sold 35 million copies around the world
& # 39; In Italy, Collodi & # 39; s work is really regarded as nationally important and back in time when you would have found a copy of the novel in almost every family with children.
Pinocchio, that the virtues of & # 39; brave & # 39; and & # 39; truthful & # 39; has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.
The sale takes place tomorrow.
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