Da Vinci’s Flying Machine the Subject of a Forthcoming Title from De Walden Press

Seeing how printers and book artists transform the kernel of an idea—or a moment of inspiration—into a book is a perennially fascinating topic, and one I hope to write more about in this blog.

Jan Kellet of De Walden Press in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, is hard at work on a new book called Leonardo Dreams, which was inspired by a performance of Charles Anthony Silvestri and Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine. Jan discusses her use of Da Vinci’s drawings in the book, which will reproduce Silvestri’s text of Whiteacre’s score.

Jan writes,

I’m currently working on a new book, Leonardo Dreams. The text is the result of a work produced by Charles Anthony Silvestri (words) and Eric Whitacre (music). The two talented men drafted and composed the work Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine and I first heard it sung by the Canadian Youth Choir in May of 2006. I found it so uplifting and stimulating that I decided to ask permission to use the text for my forthcoming book. This will be a small edition, maximum size eighteen, maybe smaller. To be published sometime in 2010, more details later. I’m hoping to use handmade paper from Griffen Mill (see below) for the printed text of Leonardo Dreams.

Follow Jan’s work on Leonardo Dreams on her blog.

— Paul Razzell

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