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Quadrivio. Grande Settimanale Letterario Illustrato di Roma. Year I, No. 1 (6 Agosto 1933) through Year VIII, No. 29 (12 Maggio 1940).

Extensive collection of 276 issues spanning 8 years of publication (out of a total of 11 years published) of the weekly Italian Fascist literary and cultural periodical, under the editorial direction of Telesio Interlandi with assistance from Luigi Chiarini, film critic and future director of the Venice Film Festival, and novelist and screenwriter Vitalino Brancati, collecting prose, poetry, news articles, and cultural reviews on various topics including architecture, film, theater, fine arts, and literature. Illustrated throughout from photographs, cartoons, and drawings. Tabloid, approx. 23 x 16 1/2 inches, folded. Original self-wrpps., housed in red cloth boards portfolios with matching slipcases. Very good condition overall, some foxing, creasing, and chipping along edges as expected. Rome, 1933-1940.

Quadrivio was born out of the connection between fascism and literature promoted by Giuseppe Bottai, Minister of Corporations and National Education. The years of the journal's publication also correspond to the fascist calendar.
In 1934, Quadrivio began its anti-Semitic stance, pre-dating even the racial laws which were passed beginning in 1938. Along with "Tevere" and "La Difesa della razza", the journal under Interlandi took a harsh stance against internationalism and served as propaganda for the fascist regime. Over its 11 years of publication, contributors to Quadrivio included important Italian poets, historians, and writers such as Vincenzo Cardarelli, Corrado Govoni, Rodolfo De Mattei, Enrico Falqui, Giovanni Papini, Luigi Bartolini, Francesco Jovine, Carlo Bernari, Alberto Moravia, Antonio Piromalli, and Mino Maccari. The final issue of Quadrivio was published on July 18, 1943, a week before the fall of fascism and the arrest of Mussolini.

A collection of this scope is exceedingly scarce. As of July 2021, OCLC locates only one institutional holding in North America of any considerable size, as well as three holdings of only a few scattered issues.This collection includes the following:

Year I, No. 1 (6 Agosto 1933) through 12 (22 Ottobre 1933); Year II, No. 1 (29 Ottobre 1933) through 53 (28 Ottobre 1934); Year III, No. 1 (4 Novembre 1934) through 23 (7 Aprile 1935), 29 (19 Maggio 1935), 31 (2 Giugno 1935) through 49 (6 Ottobre 1935); Year IV, No. 1 (3 Novembre 1934) through 4 (24 Novembre 1935), 6 (8 Dicembre 1935) through 15 (9 Febbraio 1936), 17 (23 Febbraio 1936) through 22 (29 Marzo 1936), 24 (12 April 1936) through 27 (3 Maggio 1936), 29 (17 Maggio 1936) through 37 (12 Luglio 1936), 40 (2 Agosto 1936) through 51 (18 Ottobre 1936); Year V, No. 1 (1 Novembre 1936) through 13 (24 Gennaio 1937), 15 (7 Febbraio 1937), 19 (7 Marzo 1937), 21 (21 Marzo 1937), 23 (4 Aprile 1937), 26 (25 Aprile 1937) through 43 (22 Agosto 1937), 45 (5 Settembre 1937) through 52 (24 Ottobre 1937); Year VI, No. 1 (31 Ottobre 1937) through 31 (29 Maggio 1938), 33 (12 Giugno 1938) through 44 (28 Agosto 1938), 48 (25 Settembre 1938); Year VII, No. 2 (6 Novembre 1938), 11 (8 Gennaio 1939) through 16 (12 Febbraio 1939), 27 (30 Aprile 1939) through 29 (14 Maggio 1939), 32 (4 Giugno 1939) through 36 (2 Luglio 1939), 38 (16 Luglio 1939) through 44 (27 Agosto 1939), 46 (10 Settembre 1939), 48 (24 Settembre 1939) through 50 (8 Ottobre 1939), 52 (22 Ottobre 1939) through 53 (29 Ottobre 1939); Year VIII, No. 22 (24 Marzo 1940) through 29 (12 Maggio 1940).

Book ID: 51370

Price: $15,000.00