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I * Leonardo.

Steadman, Ralph.

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ISBN 10: 0671437593 / ISBN 13: 9780671437596
Published by Summit Books, New York, 1983
From Gregor Rare Books (Langley, WA, U.S.A.)

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A Near Fine tight copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with two scrapes to the rear panel. This copy has a long inscription by Steadman on the half-title page. This is illustrator Ralph Steadman's rendering of his obsession with everything Leonardo da Vinci including his interpretations of da Vinci's creations, to the places where he worked in an effort to capture and interpret the mind and soul of the man and artist who longed to fly and travel underwater as well as paint masterpieces. Catalog Chai. Bookseller Inventory # 21534

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Title: I * Leonardo.

Publisher: Summit Books, New York

Publication Date: 1983

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.

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Dust jacket notes: "I Leonardo is a joy to behold and to read - a contemporary masterpiece. Ralph Steadman - inspired illustrator of the visions of Hunter Thompson and creator of the wonderfully inventive Sigmund Freud - has an obsession called Leonardo da Vinci. Steadman traveled to Italy to stand in places where Leonardo stood, trying to imagine what it was like to occupy that mind which would never stop yearning to fly and invented everything from the vocabulary of academic drawing to the submarine. Steadman started to paint Leonardo's inventions, then the scenes of their invention. Soon the inventor himself showed his face and began to demonstrate. Zoroastro popped in to try on some wings; Michelangelo, full of himself, strutted across the ceiling; Savonarola tried to burn the place down, Machiavelli shrugged as if to say 'What did you expect?' and Mona Lisa smiled. Leonardo began to tell his own story, inventing things, of course, as he went along: outrageous things, wonderful things. The tableaux were flooded by the whole boisterous, miraculous vision of it all, but with a deluge of apocalyptic nightmares as well: with disappointment and self-doubt alongside exuberant achievement. Whatever it is that happened, however it happened when Ralph Steadman pursued his obsession with Leonardo da Vinci, the result is one of the most inspired and magnificent flights of imagination it is possible to find in book form. It is raucous, anarchic, exquisite and moving. To say where da Vinci leaves off and Steadman begins is to beg the question."

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