From Editorial Calleja, after Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Bartolozzi
Stunning Art Deco sequel to Pinocchio in Spanish, in which the animated puppet uses a balloon to visit the moon and runs into trouble with the locals.
VIAJE DE PINOCHO A LA LUNA
"Un buen día, Pinocho decidió hacer un viaje a la Luna."
Part of a series of vividly illustrated short books for children by Editorial Calleja, a major Spanish publishing company founded by Saturnino Calleja in 1876. Editorial Calleja was known for making cheap editions of classics opened up reading opportunities for lower class children, as well as creating bright, fun productions (like this one) as a way to entertain while educating. This title, first published in 1919, is especially interesting for its depiction of lunar inhabitants as green, evoking the science-fiction trope seen in pulp publications of the 1920s - 1950s. Illustrator Bartolozzi was "possibly one of the most prominent Spanish puppeteers of the 1930s, most noted for his very innovative work with children's literature" (World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts).
Read more: Arrizabalaga, "Más cuento que Calleja," ABC Historia.
Madrid: Saturnino Calleja, (1935). Interior title: Pinocho en la luna. 11'' x 8''. Original side-stapled color printed wrappers. Illustrated in color throughout. Text in Spanish.  pages. Light smudging on a few leaves due to poor printing, just a touch of foxing to wrappers. Overall beautifully preserved.
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