Preview of Capri by Edwin Cerio with Woodcuts 1944
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By Edwin Cerio (1875-1960) Italy, twenty-three page Booklet, plus images on front and back covers, and a large, foldout map of the Isle of Capri glued along the left margin to the inside back cover; printed in 1944, likely in Italy. Three black and white woodcuts (2 which we believe are by Cerio, the author, and one by Margaret Jordan Patterson (1867-1950) who worked in Massachusetts and is remembered primarily for her woodcuts although many of her works in other mediums have been sold at auction. All of the woodcuts are suitable for framing if desired; the booklet also presents several b/w photographs. We believe the front cover might also be a two-color woodcut, presumably by the author, Edwin Cerio, as well as the title page woodcut (Le Pagine Dell'isola," or, "The Island") with his monogram "EC" just beneath it.
Paperback book measures 10.5" x 7.5". Wear and damage is minimal with no foxing, only toning to the pages, and likely fading to the greyish cover, slightly bent corners, a few tiny edge tears, and a tear to the map edge where it was originally accidently stuck to the margin, and presumably torn away upon its first opening; the torn piece remains stuck.
A delightful little book with stapled binding, presumably a First Edition as there is no statement as to reprints. The author was a quite colorful character having been an Architect, Botanist, Artist, and much more. Read the excerpts, below, on his life which we have been able to locate. c. 1944. $8 US Shipping. [purchase instantly via paypal at the order/inquire button]
ABOUT THE ARTIST; Edwin Cerio (1875–1960) was a prominent Italian writer, engineer, architect, historian, and botanist. He was born on the island of Capri to an English artist mother and a well-known local physician, Ignazio Cerio.
With doctorates in both Shipbuilding and Mechanical Engineering, Cerio initially found employment in Germany with the Krupp dynasty in Kiel, and from 1902 to 1915 designed shipyards and ships throughout Italy, Germany and Argentina. Fluent in six languages, he oversaw the construction and sale of German warships to South America, but with the outbreak of the First World War he became disillusioned, and resigned his post to return to his native island, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Abandoning his former career as a naval engineer, Cerio began to deal in both horses and property on his native island - where he had already founded and edited a literary magazine (published in three languages) even while he had been working overseas. The magazine (known by its shortened form of "Tra", for Tra il riso e il pianto, or Between laughter and tears) was packed with poems, short stories, and satirical pieces about life in Capri.
...Cerio began to catalogue the local flora and fauna, and he published a series of books on the history and wildlife of Capri, including an excellent account of seventeenth century life in Capri nel seicento (1934), alongside other works such as Flora privata di Capri (1939)' and L'ora di Capri (1950). In English, his best-known work is The Masque of Capri (1959), which is currently out of print. [courtesy of Wikipedia]
An eccentric scholar with diverse interests, Edwin Cerio (son of the physician Ignazio Cerio) is, arguably, one of the most important men in the history of Capri. For almost twenty years, from 1900 to 1920, he worked as naval engineer in a number of important shipyards and collaborated with his friend Friedrich Alfred Krupp until he reached the age of 45, when he decided to return to Capri. In his role as mayor of Capri, a position which he held for three years, Edwin Cerio attempted to put in place regulations which would protect the architectural style of the island. Edwin Cerio was, in fact, a talented architect and designed a number of the island's villas. This said, Cerio is most often remembered for his literary works, including Capri nel Seicento, L'Ora di Capri, Flora Privata di Capri, and as founder of the Centro Caprense Ignazio Cerio, a museum and cultural center, now used to host important exhibitions and conferences. [courtesy of Capri.net]