Leslie has created 22 paintings which illustrate a very personal view of Havana. The text comprises of extracts from Cuba, a short book by Irene A Wright, an American journalist/editor. Published in 1910, her text provides interesting first-hand insights as to the ongoing rich tapestry of daily life; full of curious flavour, detail and manners of the period.
Havana is one of the oldest and finest cities in the Americas; fascinating, colourful and vivacious, with crumbling tenements, colonial edifices and faded grandeur - a city with an earthy authenticity, full of contradictions. Here, visitors must expect the unexpected. Graham Greene concluded that Havana was a city where ‘anything was possible’.
Awards: Havana, was awarded “Book of the Year 2017” and “Best Art Book” by the British Book Design & Production Awards ceremony in London.
The judges comments: “Havana is a stunning large format book, beautifully presented in a cloth covered solander box, with good use of contrasting foil on the cover. The quality of printing on Somerset mould paper is exceptional, and the colourful double page images jump off the page. The book draws the reader in, compelling them to turn every page. Quite simply, Havana is a joy to hold, a delight to look at and a pleasure to handle; making this a truly worthy overall winner.”
Where Leslie Gerry Editions can be viewed: British Library (London), Bodleian Library (Oxford), National Australian Library Canberra, Library of Congress Washington, Boston Athenaeum Library, Princeton Library, University of Washington, Yale University, Duke University, Columbia University, Cheltenham Rare Books.
Each edition has a SIGNED limitation page.
Deluxe: A deluxe edition of 5 copies leather bound with large letters inlaid in leather on the front cover, sitting in a leather bound solander box which also contains 2 SIGNED metal plates (of cars) and a miniature book.
Regular: An edition of 70 copies, 47cm x 35 cm, 60 pages with full colour double page spreads printed on Somerset mould-made paper. Case-bound in cloth with gigantic letters hot stamped onto the front cover. The book sits in a cloth covered solander box.
Miniature: A miniature version of Havana, an edition of 80 copies, 7.7 x 5 cm (3 x 2 ins), 60 pages with full colour double page spreads printed on Somerset mould-made paper, in a threadless, cased zig-zag binding. A cloth bound slipcase.