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OP: Toscana in Bocca (LNE edition)

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by LNE
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La Nuova Ed. Ri. Si, 1988. Very Good Minus.

The In Bocca series, 20 volumes originally published by Edizone Il Vespro between 1976 and 1979, are marvelous in many respects.

Each is either bilingual (Italian and English) or trilingual (the same material with the addition of the regional dialect). They are distinctively designed, printed on rough oatmeal paper, and bound in corrugated cardboard. The covers are imaginatively screened prints, and the interiors are nicely illustrated as well, with the dialect rendered in what appears to be actual handwriting.

They are serious compilations of highly unusual material, recognizing the value of recording the distinctive dishes of highly regionalized food traditions, from the Alps in the north to Sicily and its islands deep in the Mediterranean. 

Widely acknowledged for both their authority and their quirky individuality (each is by a different, we presume local, author), they are much sought after.

Various publishers over the years have picked up and reprinted the books, and even those are relatively scarce. We offer here a copy of the Toscana volume from a later edition, issued by LNE in 1988.  LNE's reproductions closely resemble the style design of the originals

This copy is Very Good Minus, soundly bound, though displaying a longitudinal crease to the front board and softening to the edges. A fantastic introduction to the series for anyone unprepared to collect all 20 at once!

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