CASANOVA'S HOMECOMING

(New York: Privately Printed for the Sylvan Press, 1947).

PRIVATELY PRINTED AND LIMITED, WITH KENT'S DRAWINGS IN HIS SIGNATURE WOODCUT STYLE. The Casanova subject, and privately printed status, gave Rockwell Kent the opportunity to show a somewhat more risqué side of his talent.
"One of Schnitzler’s most poignant evocations of the passing of time and the ironies of sentiment and love, Casanova’s Return to Venice tells the story of an ageing Casanova’s desperate desire to return to the city he truly loves after a life of exile; a desire which is contrasted with his still-libidinous and sensuous – yet weary – pursuit of women, money and prestige." - Random House review. Item #30179

LIMITED EDITION, and first edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent, one of 1499 hand-numbered copies for the United States. With an illustrated titlepage and 11 full page plates from the woodcut-style drawings of Rockwell Kent, details of which are repeated as chapter headings throughout the text. 4to, publisher's original black cloth textured and coated to look like leather, with lettering and decorative cover and spine from Kent's designs in green, the upper cover features a stylized sillowette of Casanova. 153, [1] pp. A very attractive copy, the text fresh and the leatherette very well preserved, much better than is normally seen, a small, light and unobtrusive marginal stain along the top edge effects about half of the leaves.

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