May 30

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Bradley M. Comments: Unknown cover artist; probably not da Vinci.

Published 1955

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.80 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “The Deluge”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Don’t worry, girls, I’ll just invent a helicopter to get us out of harm’s way.”

  2. fred Says:

    ‘Evocative and beautiful cover art.’ declares Amazon. ‘Based upon the unpublished writings of the Italian Renaissance artist and inventor, a profound apocalyptic vision from the 16th century.’, but it was really drawings/sketches.

    Remember, footwear would be helpful if fleeing a deluge.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    Moanin’ Lisa?

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It seems that a lot of people in Leonardo’s time suffered from scabies.

  5. Raoul Says:

    Title is wrong. Bing Translate tells me “Deluge” is Italian for “The Luigi”.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    He’s looking straight up her nose – maybe Freud was right about him.

  7. Anna T. Says:

    If you just took the image of the central man and woman, it almost looks like they’re dancing.

    Also, I do believe Leonardo would like to have a word with his impersonator. He doesn’t write pulp novels, you see.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Leonardo was trying to cash in on the success of Michelangelo’s “The Inferno.”

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    “duuude, I am missing some tasty waves”

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Allow me to introduce my two new girlfriends, Miss Flotsam and Miss Jetsam.

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @fred: so this is basically…Leonardo fanfic.

    @Bibliomancer: so Miss Jetsam is the redhead? (She appears to have been dumped).

  12. Tat Wood Says:

    I bet if you X-ray this copy of ‘Virgin on the Rocks’ it’ll say ‘this is a fake’ in marker-pen.

  13. Outis Says:

    @Bruce: you may be right, it’s Leonardo fanfic, but inspired by the master himself! He did write about the deluge, extended notes on how to represent it in a painting: “Tenebre, vento, fortuna di mare, diluvio d’acqua, selve infocate, pioggia, saette del cielo, terremoti e ruinar di monti, spianamenti di cittá” and so catastrophically on, plus another bunch of reflections about deluge and geology.
    So this is very Leonardian, good show Sir!

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: I might give the seller “evocative” (not of what they meant), but not “beautiful”.

    @Tat: If the dude is supposed to be LdV himself, he’s probably wondering why he bothered with swooning bimbos he has to carry, instead of sprightly teen boys. Also GSS for comment #12.

    Actually, GSS to all, the comments are funny and some are informative, like @Outis.

    The author seems to have been a very interesting chap! Wrote many books.

    “These works are praised for their readability and literary power, although not always for their historical rigour.”

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Thanks to this cover and these great posts, I have been spending the day among the musty and secret Leonardo archives in the Vatican. We all know of his amazing prophetic powers—helicopter, diving suit, submarine, etc—but imagine my surprise when I came upon this note, written backwards on a scrap of paper tucked into his copy of The Decameron: “un giorno ci sarà un appassionato triangolo amoroso con Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe e Kirk Douglas.” Astounding! Miracolo!

  16. Bibliomancer Says:

    @BC – Amazing. It seems to be written in some kind of code. Let’s call the Leonardo Code!

  17. Raoul Says:

    “He clasps the crag with crooked hands”
    — Alfred “Good Lord” Tennisanyone

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    @Bibliomancer: Do you know, I think I can detect the hint of a bosom, too.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “They dared the raging fury of …THE DELUGE”: somehow it reminds me of old comics captions, from Marvel Monsters or something,

    “They dared the raging fury of DAAH-LUUGAH, THE TIDAL WAVE THAT WALKS (And Talks, and occasionally Jogs for Its Cardiovascular Health)!!”

    @GSS ex-noob: I don’t think the cover dude is meant to be Leonardo: aside from the rather non-15th century look of the ladies, the lack of his trademark beard and the gender of those he’s rescuing [1], Hero Leonardo would be escaping the flood in a balloon or helicopter or something, as THX 1139 suggests.

    [1] Although I think it’s a bit of a slur on Leonardo to assume he would leave young women to drown if he couldn’t find any sprightly youths to rescue.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    They dared the raging fury of…
    Pablo Picasso
    Edited by Copy Boy

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