Leonardo Da Vinci: Favole e Leggende

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Leonardo
Mazza, Adriana Saviozzi
Nardini, Bruno
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1972
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On a European trip just finished, I found two copies of Leonardo's fables, this in Italian and another in Danish. I already had three copies, one in English from 1973 and two distinct volumes in German, from 1973 and 1975. It turns out that this Italian copy is the original on which the English, German first volume, and Danish are all based. I thought I was finding just yet another version. As I wrote of the English edition, this is a lovely book, especially for the beautiful colored art on its big pages. The fables range in type and quality. Some deal more than the Aesopic tradition with the elements: fire, water, stone, and steel. Some are good Aesopic stuff: The Mouse, the Weasel, and the Cat; The Tree and the Pole; The Ermine; The Walnut and the Bell Tower; and The Falcon and the Duck. The morals are surprisingly traditional, allegorical, and moralistic. Two of the best are statements of faith: The Pelican and The Eagle Burning Off His Feathers. The best illustration among many good ones is of the butterfly and the flame. Like the German first volume, this edition puts the Owl and smaller birds onto its cover; it also puts it onto its dust jacket. Here the T of C is at the book's end. This copy comes from the second edition, published in December, 1972. The first edition came out from the Centro Internazionale del Libro in June of 1972.
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Giunti e Centro Internazionale del Libro
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