Milan, Italy: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 1974-81. Paperback. Nine (9) full issues. Small 4to. Stiff printed wrappers. Various paginations (most ca. 200pp). Occasional illustrations. Very good overall. Mild wear to outer wrappers (only), else all are internally tight and fine. Item #49047
Unusual large group of contributor copies of this long-established Italian scholarly journal, all from the library of Ioan Petru Culianu (or Couliano, 1950-91), the controversial Romanian philosopher, essayist and historian of ideas, religion and culture who on May 21, 1991, was murdered -- some say assassinated -- in a bathroom at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, likely because he proved a vocal critic of Romania's Communist post-Revolution regime in interviews and articles. Consists of the following issues, the first three of which bear his name/address (Milan) inkstamp on first page: Settembre-Dicembre 1974 (Fasc. V-VI), Gennaio-Aprile 1975 (Fasc. I-II), Maggio-Agosto 1975 (Fasc. III-IV), Gennaio-Aprile 1976 (Fasc. I-II), Settembre-Dicembre 1977 (Fasc. V-VI), Gennaio-Aprile 1977 (Fasc. I-II), Maggio-Agosto 1978 (Fasc. II), Maggio-Agosto 1979 and Gennaio-Aprile 1981. All nine issues feature an article or essay by Culianu. He signs the inside front wrapper of the Gennaio-Aprile 1976 issue in black fineline, and he has inked a couple "x"s in margins near end of the Gennaio-Aprile 1977 issue. Laid into the first issue is a color picture postcard (beach scene), heavy stock 6" X 4", postal cancellation blurred (hence no place or date) -- addressed to Culianu in Milan and penned in blue ballpoint, message in Italian remains untranslated and appears unsigned. Quite an interesting grouping.