Original Italian text followed by English version translated by William Weaver, Calvino’s longtime translator. The second of two signed limited editions by Calvino in English. Completed in Spring 1985, Calvino died suddenly in September later that year. First publication of this story; title piece for the posthumous Italian collection of stories (1993), then in English with the collection retitled Numbers in the Dark (1996), and the translation by Tim Parks. Calvino’s prescient examination of our telephone relationships, albeit from the pre-mobile period when, “My finger accompanies each digit slowly to the stop peg of the disc.” #41/75 copies signed by the author and Antonio Frasconi, the illustrator.