Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1941. Limited first edition. Hardcover. 73/350. Quarto. 83 (1)pp. Original vellum covered boards with gilt lettering on spine, protected by modern mylar, in light plum paper-covered slipcase. Top edge gilt. Title page with etching by Mario Vellani-Marchi. Top and bottom edges uncut.
Thirty-four unpublished Rilke letters to Mimi Romanelli, written from 1907–1912, thirty-two in French, two in German. Printed in Griffo italics on the hand press of Officina Bodoni in an edition of four hundred and twenty copies on vellum paper of which fifty copies, numbered I-L, are reserved for the owner of the letters, M. E. Aeschlimann In Milan. Of the copies numbered 1-350, one hundred and fifty have been reserved for the publisher Johannes Asmus in Leipzig. Twenty copies are not numbered. No changes have been made to the original text, but some spelling errors have been corrected. Inscription inked to top of front free endpaper. Binding very lightly rubbed. Slipcase lightly faded in good, binding in very good, interior in fine condition. Good to fine condition. Item #48813