Berlin: J. Ladyschnikow Verlag, . Octavo (19.5 × 13.5 cm). Original stiff cream wrappers; , 24 pp. With publisher's catalog on rear wrapper verso. Very good; wrappers lightly dust-soiled; original price of 50 Pfennig struck through and replaced by "Mk. 1" Item #3461
One of the earliest appearances of any part of Gorky's "Skazki ob Italii" ("Tales of Italy"), created 1911-1913, during the writer's first period of exile in Italy. The short texts are based largely on his own experiences traveling through the country, as well as on newspaper reports about the life of Italian workers. In Russia, the first book-length collection of the tales appeared in 1912. Some of the tales were censored, however, and could only appear in revolutionary and social-democrat periodicals. The present edition appears to precede the Russian book publication: published in 1911, it represented an early version containing only the first three segments. The fully expanded collection of tales was published a year later by Ladyschnikow, in 1912, bearing the same Russian title, but with the German subtitle "Märchen der Wirklichkeit."