The Harvill Press, London, no date but 1953. Not paginated (c. 10 pages). 4to (31,5 x 24 cm). Minimal wear to corners, else excellent in illustrated stiff wrappers. A wonderful lift-the-flap picture book with minimal text, which leads the reader high and low on a search for Georgie’s lost cap. The bold illustrations combine Munari’s skilful design and his vivid colour palette, and the pages are clean and bright. First British edition of ”Gigi cerca il suo berretto. Dove mai l’avrà cacciato?” published by Arnoldo Mondadori, 1945. The second book in the Bruno Books series.
”Bruno Munari [1907–1998] was born in Milan but spent his childhood and teenage years in Badia Polesine. In 1925 he returned to Milan where he started to work with his uncle who was an engineer. In 1927, he started to follow Marinetti and the Futurist movement, displaying his work in many exhibitions. Three years later he associated with Riccardo Castagnedi (Ricas), with whom he worked as a graphic designer until 1938. During a trip to Paris, in 1933, he met Louis Aragon and André Breton. From 1939 to 1945 he worked as a press graphic designer for the Mondadori editor, and as art director of Tempo Magazine. At the same time he began designing books for children, originally created for his son Alberto. Munari was a huge contributor to the field of children’s books and toys in his late life, though he had been producing books for children since the 1930s. He used textured, tactile surfaces and cut-outs to create books that teach about touch, movement, and color through kinesthetic learning.” Wikipedia.