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The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Arion Press Limited Edition, 61 of 300

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$595
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apleopard

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The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Illustrated with 32 Color Photographs by Giovan Battista Poletto

Arion Press, 2015, Limited Edition, 61 of 300

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a limited edition of “The Leopard” published by the Arion Press in 2015 with a limitation of 300 with this being number 61. From the publisher, “The Leopard is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Its author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who died July 23, 1957, at the age of 60, did not live to see its publication. Although a member of the intellectual elite of Sicily, he published little else and had written the novel only in the last thirty months of his life. The book’s intriguing editorial and publishing history is told in the foreword and appendix by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, a relative and the adopted son of Lampedusa, who became his literary heir. The Leopard is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Its author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who died July 23, 1957, at the age of 60, did not live to see its publication. Although a member of the intellectual elite of Sicily, he published little else and had written the novel only in the last thirty months of his life. The book’s intriguing editorial and publishing history is told in the foreword and appendix by Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, a relative and the adopted son of Lampedusa, who became his literary heir.”

During the filming of The Leopard, a photographer named Giovan Battista Poletto took color photographs on the set. His images are not identical to those in the motion picture Il Gattopardo but show the main characters and key incidents played out at the legendary locations in Sicily. Out of the many photographs taken by Poletto, thirty-two were chosen, to appear throughout the book in proximity to the action, with identifying captions.

The book measures 9.625” x 6.75” with 288. The paper is Mohawk Superfine. The text type is Neo Didot, composed and cast on the Monotype by Mackenzie & Harris, printed in black. The display type is Narciss, handset, printed in color. The type was printed by letterpress on a Miller two-color cylinder press. The color photographs were printed by offset lithography, brokered by Susan Schaefer. The binding shows a coat of arms from Lampedusa’s ancestors in the early eighteenth century with a leaping leopard.

Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

A stock photograph of the book and slipcase, the prospectus, and an illustration from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.

About the Arion Press

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."