- Urbino: Edizioni I.S.A, 1997.
- full decorated leather, clamshell box
- 578, (14) pages
Price: $3,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134374
First edition. This book was the focus of an international exhibition of the bindings of a single work, L'infinito, by Giacomo Leopardi, held at Chiesa di San Paolo, Macerata, Italy, Sept. 12-Oct. 30, 1998. Competitors were asked to design bindings for the poem L'Infinito by Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837). This particular copy is bound in full morocco by Monique Lallier. The covers are leather and suede onlays depicting an oceanic view of a setting sun over a vast blue ocean. With decorated pastepapers for the pastedowns and endpapers.
The full range of Leopardi's scholarship in philosophy and the classics is considered outstanding, and his poetry superb. Formally imitative of Dante and Petrarch but motivated by a genuine sadness and preoccupation with death owing to his physical deformity, the cool detachment of his parents, and his many unattainable and lost loves, Leopardi's poems, and especially L'Infinito, seemed the perfect subject for a binding competition designed to exercise the imaginative capacity of its participants. Prefatory remarks are in Italian, French, English, German, and Spanish. There was also a catalogue issued for this competition which has a section for the 125 bindings that formed the exhibition and are considered the best of the entries submitted (not included).