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Lazazzera, Rocco

Kaddugia. Romanzo coloniale.


Milano/Roma/Napoli; Societá editrice Dante Alighieri, 1925. First edition. 22x16,5 cm. xv, (1 blank), 201, (2, 3 blanks) pp. Bound in marbled boards with maroon leather label on spine, gilt title and owner's initials in gilt on front board, sprinkled edges. Both wrappers are preserved. Insignificant creasing along the front joint. Front wrapper has a small stain and the rear one has a pair of short tears in top margin; both wrappers are a little soiled. Contents are a bit toned in margins, as should be expected. A fine copy. Inscribed by the author: "To the Prof. Hamberg / for gratitude by the author / Rome 1929". From the library of Per Gustaf Hamberg (1913-1978), Swedish professor of art history. The copy was inscribed to Per Gustaf Hamberg's father, Axel Hamberg (1863-1933), professor of geology and treated in Lazazzera's book on Hamberg's colleague Finn Malmgren: "Finn Malmgren. L'eroe polare" (Rome, 1931). Lazazzera (1898-1941), Italian officer and carabinieri, partaker in several wars and often decorated for bravery. In 1924-25 his regiment participated in the reoccupation of the central parts of Libya. The novel Kaduggia tells the story of the regiment from the First World War to 1925, when Lazazzera returns to Italy. The book has the printed dedication "alle donne dell'islam, creature senza vita" [To the Women of Islam, Creatures without a Life].

2 000 SEK

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