Voltaire, M. De (Introduction by David Garnett)
Edition 1st Edition Thus
Publisher New York Rimington & Hooper 1929
Illustrator Illustrated by Valenti Angelo
B&W Illustrations; The Savoy Editions (issue number one). Limited to 999 unnumbered copies. This book is in Very Good+ condition and is lacking the slipcase. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The spine and edges of the book covers have light, but noticeable toning. The text pages are clean and bright. There are four small spots of browning / discoloration to the front inner hinge. Illustrated throughout with monochrome illustrations in brown ink. "Zadig ou la Destinée (Zadig, or The Book of Fate; 1747) is a novel and work of philosophical fiction by the Enlightenment writer Voltaire. It tells the story of Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia. The author does not attempt any historical accuracy, and some of the problems Zadig faces are thinly disguised references to social and political problems of Voltaire's own day. It was originally published as Memnon in Amsterdam (with a false imprint of London given) and first issued under its more familiar title in 1748. The book makes use of the Persian tale The Three Princes of Serendip. It is philosophical in nature, and presents human life as in the hands of a destiny beyond human control." "Valenti Angelo (1897-1982) (variant name Valenti Michael Angelo) was an Italian-American printmaker, illustrator and author, born June 23, 1897 in Massarosa, Italy. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1905, living first in New York City then settling in Antioch, California. At the age of nineteen, Angelo moved to San Francisco, working by day as a labourer and spending his evenings and weekends at libraries and museums. He soon became a versatile artist and an especially skilled engraver and printer. Angelo's favoured medium was the linocut."