South Wind by the English author Norman Douglas is a satirical novel that celebrates the pleasures of the hedonistic life on the fictitious island of Nepenthe. At the time of its publication in 1915, Douglas had spent much of his life abroad, principally in Italy. The book has a charm arising from Douglas' uninhibited expression of a bohemian, aristocratic personality. His prose is considered an excellent example of the conversational style.The first line of South Wind, "The Bishop was feeling rather sea sick, " is certain to stir the gleam of recognition in the eyes of anyone who has read the novel and become devoted to it. In the story, a sirocco, a wind from the South that blows across Nepenthe in the middle of afternoons, loosens the mentality of any visitors. The principal characters join with dozens of tourists and dozens of natives to contribute to a longish book full of amusing situations, sparkling dialogue, and stimulating philosophy. While a work of fiction, the book bears a striking resemblance to the island of Capri and other islands in the Bay of Naples. To gather realistic portrayals of the setting, artist Carlotta Petrina visited Capri, where she spent the greater part of a year making 80 drawings. Her drawings were done with a soft pencil upon a specially prepared paper; then reproduced by the photoengraving process. For his contribution to our edition, Elmer Adler of Pynson Printers set out to publish our modern chronicle in the flavor of the Chronicles of old Think Nurenburg Chronicle of 1493.
Adding to the Italian setting, he selected paper from the Milani mills in Fabriano, Italy, a slightly toned pure rag paper, with a severe surface but a pleasant feel to the fingers. Incorporating the flavor of the old Chronicles, Mr.
Adler used his unique type, dividing the novel into two columns, with the number of the chapter or book in large Roman letters at the top of each page. All of the illustrations by Ms. Patrina are printed in a soft and pure, unmixed blue, and placed at the beginnings and ends of the chapters.Being made of a natural coarse linen bound over extra heavy boards, the binding also suggests the Old Chronicles. The title is stamped in gold upon a black leather label being inset between two heavy ridges. This is number 457 of 1500 and is signed by Carlotta Petrina.
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