The Leopard Giuseppe Di Lampedusa Folio Society 1988


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The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa

The Leopard is one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. Its author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, who died July 23, 1957, at the age of 60, did not live to see its publication. Although a member of the intellectual elite of Sicily, he published little else and had written the novel only in the last thirty months of his life.

The story of the Prince of Salina is based on the life of Lampedusa’s grandfather, Giulio Fabrizio Tomasi, Prince of Lampedusa, who was a respected amateur astronomer and lived in the grand tradition of his noble forebears, although after his death in 1885 the economic and social status of his family declined. The novel begins with the invasion of Garibaldi’s rebel forces and ends with the aftermath of the death of the Prince and the fraying relationships and lessening prospects of the surviving family members.


  • Folio Society First Edition No. 623
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1988
  • Maroon Cloth with Printed Paper Sides Hardback, 186 pp
  • Drawings by Ian Ribbons
  • Size 240 x 160mm, 900g

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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