In a comment to yesterday’s post I mentioned the Italian-language 1931 Nerbini edition of the Arabian Nights, mentioning that it is still available through eBay and antiquarian bookstores and used books stalls, and that the 130 illustrations by Tancredi Scarpelli alone are worth the price of admission.
Well, why not do a gallery of Scarpelli’s various illustrations?
Tancredi Scarpelli was born in 1866, and is traditionally connected with Nerbini, publisher in Florence.
Through a long career Scarpelli illustrated classics (The Bethroted, The Divine Comedy), adventure novels (The Three Musketeers, a lot of books bi Emilio Salgari), and history books for young readers. He also created the artwork for comic-book editions of the adventures of Nick Carter, Nat Pinkerton, Giuseppe Petrosino and Lord Lister.
He died in 1937.
What follows is a small selection of his work.