Milano: Edito da Giovanni de Stefanis, 1965. Item #04655
Candide Illustrated by Fabio Massimo Solari
VOLTAIRE [AROUET, Francois-Marie]. SOLARI, Fabio Mssimo, illustrator. Candido. Traduzione di Riccardo Bacchelli. Trenta illustrazione di Fabio Massimo Solari. Milano: Edito da Giovanni de Stefanis / Arnoldo Mondadori, .
Limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is no. 358.
Folio (16 7/16 x 11 1/8 inches; 418 x 282 mm.). 213, [1, blank], , 3, blank] pp. Included in the pagination are thirty fine full-page engravings by Solari.
Publisher's full green morocco, covers decorated in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges uncut. Some very slight rubbing to bottom corner of front board, otherwise a fine copy in the original green card slipcase.
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: Optimism (1947); and Candido (1965). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow and painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting Leibnizian optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds".
Fabio Massimo Solari (1920-?) unique style is represented at the Clark Library with is pen and ink drawing entitled "Four Machines"