[Sherman Oaks, CA]: Published by Joseph D'Ambrosio, 1993. One of 25 numbered copies, this being No. 25 SIGNED and dated by D'Ambrosio. 10 x 13 x 13". Written and produced by D'Ambrosio with handmade paper by Madeleine Pestiaux; Illustrations and decorations by D'Ambrosio in addition to 4 mounted photographs by Wallace Rhodes of model David Michael Solomon; poesy by Michaelangelo Buonarroti.  pp leaves with striking dovetailed bas-reliefs of Michelangelo's sculpture of David; 57 pp text printed in various brown and black type faces. Bound in cast paper and Masonic sheep. The sheep is used on a portion of the front cover, the spine, and completely on the back cover, with the front opening like a drop-back box to reveal the text pages. The high relief cast paper imagery conveys a marble quarry with a hint of the figures waiting to be released by the sculptor's chisel. Nestled within is a suggestion of the block from which Michelangelo carved his stature of David. Prospectus included; someone (D'Ambrosio?) has hand written a new price and indicated no copies remain unreserved. Lacking the clamshell box. The book is in fine condition and is protected with a clear lucite case that sets around the book. Item #21008
The idea for this book began as an experiment in conflicting civil rights, when opposing life styles clash, using Michelangelo's poetry to steer the story of a contemporary young man named David. The cast paper cover represents the marble slab out of which Michelangelo's David will emerge, and with each succeeding turned leaf at the beginning of the book, the reader sees the rock transformed, from a roughly hewn image at first and finally to the finished statue. The text is comprised of observations by Michelangelo as well as poetic musings by D'Ambrosio and David Michael Solomon.