stiff paper wrappers
1998 · Macerata
by Pigliapoco, Sauro, Giuseppe Guzzini, Antonio Toccaceli, Michel Wittock, et al.
Macerata: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Provincia di Macerata, 1998. stiff paper wrappers. Bookbinding. thick square small 4to. stiff paper wrappers. 578, (14) pages. First edition. The catalogue of an international bookbinding competition and exhibition organized by the Provincia di Macerata. Competitors were asked to design bindings for the poem L'Infinito by Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837). 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. The catalogue has a section for the 125 bindings that formed the exhibition and are considered the best of the entries submitted. Each has an image of the binding, as well as a description in one of the five languages represented in the catalogue. The remaining 475 submissions are divided by national school and reproduced without commentary. The reproductions are executed in full color. A loosely inserted errata page is included. (Inventory #: 124355)