Verona: Stamperia Valdonega, 1988. Item #04285
The Top Selling Novel in Italian History
One of 750 Copies Signed by Piero Guccione
LAMPEDUSA, Giuseppe Di. GUCCIONE, Piero, illustrator. The Leopard. Translation by Archibald Colquhoun. Introduced by Leonardo Sciascia. Etching by Piero Guccione. Verona: Stamperia Valdonega. [Limited Editions Club], 1988.
Limited to 750 copies (of which this is No. 51.) signed by Piero Guccione.
Folio (13 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches; 347 x 251 mm.). [xii], 238, , [1, blank], [1, limitation], [1, blank] pp. Inserted etching (frontispiece with original tissue guard) by Piero Guccione.
Bound by The Jensen Bindery, Texas, in full beige linen, spine with red morocco label lettered in gilt, top edge trimmed, others uncut. Housed in the original black linen slipcase. A mint example. With the original LEC letter for 'The Leopard' laid-in.
This Italian novel was almost entirely produced on the mainland of Italy. The typesetting and printing were performed under the watchful eye of Martino Mardersteig at the great bastion of Italian fine printing the Stamperia Valdonega. The typeface is Caslon, one of the most successful of the faces recut for English Monotype in the early part of this century. Martino's old friend Giovanni Magnani made the paper from cotton linters at his mill in Pescia. Magnani also made the paper on which the frontispiece is printed. Piero Guccione drew two plates with master printer Walter Rossi at Rossi's atelier Vigna Antoninianna in Rome. Printed in yellow and brown they become the haunting etching which he created to accompany this great novel. The sheets were shipped to Austin, Texas where Craig Jensen proceeded to fold, collate, sew, and bind this edition. The covering material is a natural linen with a spine of Nigerian goatskin stamped in gold.
The Leopard (Italian: Il Gattopardo) is a novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa that chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. Published posthumously in 1958 by Feltrinelli, after two rejections by the leading Italian publishing houses Mondadori and Einaudi, it became the top-selling novel in Italian history and is considered one of the most important novels in modern Italian literature. In 1959, it won Italy's highest award for fiction, the Strega Prize. In 2012, The Observer named it as one of "the 10 best historical novels". The novel was also made into an award-winning 1963 film of the same name, directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon.
Piero Guccione (1935-). In a category all of his own, this artist has been a beacon light for many of the contemporary painters in Sicily. Piero Guccione is considered the father of the Gruppo di Scicli, being the first to gain national and international acclaim. By exhibiting together with the others, and with his intellectual nature, Guccione was largely responsible for stimulating the recognition of the Gruppo di Scicli as a whole. Born in 1935 in the town of Scicli itself, Guccione attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania. Upon graduation he moved to Rome, where he met Renato Guttuso who by then was one of Italy’s leading painters.