I am a long way from reading books in the 500s and 600s. 2018, I’d guess.
But I can’t keep myself from buying the Adelphi books for the beauty. I only buy Adelphi if the book was originally written in Italian, or if it hasn’t been translated into English (Hello Sándor Márai!) and it makes most sense to read it in Italian.
Most of my Italian books come from Rizzoli. Particularly on rainy days when I feel out of sorts, it is nice to swing through and see if they have anything I do not yet own. I thought maybe the newer ones would be there (Landolfi, Gaddo) but no luck. Sciascia, however, had appeared. He wasn’t there a few weeks ago.
This cover is by Alberto Savinio, called Atlantide, from 1930-31. It’s in a private collection, which makes this even more interesting. Whose, Mr Calasso? Whose collection? Alberto Savinio is also an author published by Adelphi, in the Biblioteca and the Piccola series, among others. 23 books, to date. He composed operas. Who was this man? I’ll get to that later, in my growing social graphs, he is a fascinating center of many nets.
This is by Giuseppe Modica, called Palatino, it is from 2007. Sicilian, it seems, from Trapani, and his work is lovely. I particularly like his grids of windows and floors.
I wonder how his work and his existence fits into the fabric of Adelphi. I don’t know, except to say that when I map the cover artists over time, some one in that organization has a fabulous eye both for what Will Become and for the connection between cover and text.
More threads to pull at.