Format: 33 x 45 cm. Pages: 272. Paper: 220 gr. expressly made by the Miliani paper-mill of Fabriano with a special composition enriched with vegetable fibres that reproduces the characteristics of antique paper and guarantees the works secular duration. Binding: entirely hand sewn and entirely bound in leather with gold trim and tooling. Wooden box, finished in walnut and leather with tooling. Artwork: 80 colour images, 20 of which occupy two pages. Limited and numbered edition of 1999 copies.
On the occasion of the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of the great explorer, the Fondazione Cristoforo Colombo di Genova has decided to entrust Vallecchi with the realisation of a celebrative work with unique characteristics. The book consists of five distinct sections which compose an extraordinary mosaic of knowledge of the Genoese’s life and undertakings. An extensive introductory essay written by one of the greatest experts on the subject, Dario Guglielmo Martini. The reproduction of the famous “Letter from Michele da Cuneo”, autograph testimony of his second voyage to the Americas. The “Log” of Columbus’ journeys. An extensive anthology of passages that testify to the fortune of the navigator in world literature, extracted from the writings of authors such as Leopardi, Montesquieu, Tasso, Rousseau, Voltaire, Goethe, Gogol and Dario Fo. In addition to an extraordinary iconographic apparatus, the volume contains the facsimile reproduction of the famous “Carta del Cantino”, the Portuguese map dated 1502.
Dario Guglielmo Martini, essayist, playwright and theatre critic, author of “Cristoforo Colombo tra ragione e fantasia”, “Colombo e la scoperta nelle grandi opere letterarie”. Simonetta Garibaldi, researcher.
The book is published in collaboration with the Fondazione Cristoforo di Genova.