Very Good. Item #9504
Naples: Riccardo Ricciardi Editore, 1927. First Edition, one of 200 copies printed. Octavo (25x17x1cm); 79pp, including appendix and index. Laid paper wrappers of warm limestone gray, imprinted with publisher's elegant naval emblem and motto: Ventis Secundis—Under Favoring Winds. B&W portrait of Vico as frontispiece. Entirely in Italian.
Wrapper shows some erosion at spine-to-cover folds, but spine is uncreased and uncracked. The slightly overhanging quasi-yapp edges show the wear they were expected to absorb as protection for the untrimmed texblock itself, a duty they fulfilled admirably. See photo for one thin lacking segment at front right edge, torn away to a depth of about 1cm. Stamp of the bookstore "Minerva" in Naples on the front free endpaper. Wraps and textblock otherwise unmarred and unmarked. The price was printed integrally with the cover: 7 lire at 1927's currency valuation. Quelli erano giorni.
Fausto Nicolini (1879-1965) was head archivist, at various points in his career, for Siena, Venice, Naples, and the Banco di Napoli. He was also the preeminent editor of Vico’s works, his biographer, and his leading interpreter—second in importance only to Benedetto Croce, of whom young Nicolini was the protégé.