The Leopard

First UK edition of Di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo


Guiseppe Di Lampedusa, translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun


Collins and Harvill Press, London, 1960
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Printing Details

First UK edition, first printing hardback. 21.5 × 14.5cm, 255pp.

In the spring of 1860, Fabrizio, the charismatic Prince of Salina, still rules over thousands of acres and hundreds of people, including his own numerous family, in mingled splendour and squalor. Then comes Garibaldi's landing in Sicily and the Prince must decide whether to resist the forces of change or come to terms with them. As the novel opens in May 1860, Garibaldi's Redshirts have landed on the Sicilian coast and are pressing inland to overthrow the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies...


The book is in strong readable condition, there is some light surface marking to the green cloth but the pages are clean and the binding is secure.



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