Heritage Press – The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci by Dmitri Merejcovski (1938)

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The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci by Dmitri Merejcovski (1938)
Sandglass Number Unknown
Artwork: Reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and paintings, selected and arranged by J.B. Neumann
Translated and Foreword by Bernard Guilbert Guerney
Heritage Press Exclusive: This is the second in the Heritage Club’s Great Master Novels series (that designation is mine) illustrated by the original artists that the novel is based upon.

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Front Binding – After five years of running this blog, we finally have the third entry in the Great Masters novel series of the Heritage Press: The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci, by Dmitri Merejcovski. This was the second of the series, preceded by Irving Stone’s Van Gogh novel Lust for Life, and was followed up by R.v.R. and This is the Hour, the latter two I’ve covered before. Some day, Lust for Life, some day. Anyway, much like those other novels, J.B. Neumann curated the artistic selections for the book, although I don’t have a Sandglass for this one, so I can’t go into any further detail. I can tell you that the font is Scotch Roman and the paper was specially made for the book thanks to a small colophon in the back, but that’s about it.

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Title Page – Bernard Guilbert Guerney translated the Russian Merejcofski’s text into English, and even provided a foreword on the work. da Vinci’s art litters the text, with some color prints alongside many grayscale prints and several of his drawings.

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Example of the text – I apologize for the obvious photo manipulation, but the lighting wasn’t up to snuff on the da Vinci piece.

Personal Notes – This series is the one set of Exclusives I no longer wish to own, but I’m happy to finally get the third book onto the blog at last. Came from my wife’s university library.

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