Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1920. Item #03696
Pinocchio Illustrated by Maria Louise Kirk
The De Luxe Edition With Fourteen Tipped-In Color Plates
An Absolutely Fine Copy in the Publisher's Box
COLLODI, C[arlo]. KIRK, Maria L[ouise], illustrator. Pinocchio. The Story of a Puppet by "C. Collodi" (Carlo Lorenzini). De Luxe Edition with 14 illustrations in color by Maria L. Kirk. Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, .
De Luxe Edition. Small quarto. [ii], 234,  pp. Fourteen tipped-in color plates.
Publisher's quarter tan cloth over green cloth boards, front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial end-papers printed in green, top edge gilt. An absolutely fine copy in the original 'spider-web' glassine dust jacket and the original pictorial box.
Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his pen name Carlo Collodi (1826-1890) born in Tuscany, was a children's writer who wrote the world-renowned fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio. Lovingly crafted by a woodcarver named Gepetto in a small Italian village near Florence, Pinocchio was created as a wooden puppet - but he dreamed of becoming a real boy. The name Pinoccio has also been used as a character who is prone to telling lies and fabricating stories for various reasons. The story has appeared in many adaptations in other media. Pinocchio has been called an icon of modern culture and one of the most re-imagined characters in the pantheon of children's literature.
Maria Louise Kirk (1860-1938) was born in Lancaster, near Philadelphia. She was educated at the School of Design for Women and Academy of Fine Arts (both in Philadelphia). She exhibited her artwork in Philadelphia, where she got an award in 1894. Maria Kirk's characteristic style included exceptionally technically-well-executed children, with bright foregounds and foreboding dark backgrounds. Her characters are stylized, and statuesque in their quiet beauty.
She illustrated many other books including George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind (1904) and The Princess and Curdie (1914), Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies, and Johanna Spyri's Heidi (1915).