Rare reissue – Hugo Pratt’s last rendezvous with the South Seas

The account of the final voyage of the master of Grandvaux is entitled to a very nice reissue, twenty-five years after his death.

“Fita-Fita in Apia” (1994) on the left and “Soldiers of the Fiji Islands” (1989) on the right.

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Travel is the very essence of Hugo Pratt and his drawn double, Corto Maltese. They colored in multiple colors the family tree of the artist born in Rimini in 1927 and died in Grandvaux in 1995. They have shaped his past life between Italy, Argentina, London, Paris and Switzerland. They illuminated his work in vivid watercolor like the landscapes of the South he loved so much.

In 1992, the designer made a last and long trip to the Pacific, which inspired him what some consider to be his testament, “I had an appointment”, where he tells about his passions for adventures, boats, characters. out of the ordinary, between superb boards made for the occasion or works dating from his comic book period. The album was only found in well-informed booksellers. “I came to the Pacific in search of a dream, or rather in pursuit of it,” he begins. The dream that the kid from Venice was living by feeding off Liebig pictures found at the grocery store downstairs.

Corto Maltese in front of his dream yacht, the “Yankee”.

Corto Maltese in front of his dream yacht, the “Yankee”.

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“North of the last dream”, on the left and some natives of the Solomon Islands.

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“The Ballad of the Salt Sea”, the first part of the adventures of Corto Maltese, published in 1967.

“The Ballad of the Salt Sea”, the first part of the adventures of Corto Maltese, published in 1967.

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Le Tripode Éditions is reissuing it from October 20, enriched with an afterword and photos by Patrizia Zanotti, its curator and faithful travel companion, as well as a new chronology. The opportunity to go back to the roots of the work, in its fascination for the small and big stories of history. To find the wreck of the “Yankee”, this sailboat discovered in 1957 in the pages of “National Geographic Magazine”. To marvel at the extraordinary fate of Emma Coe, born in Apia, in the Samoa Islands, multiple lover, extremely wealthy queen in her islet of Gunantambu before ending her life in Monte-Carlo in 1913. To shudder at the misdeeds of Bully Hayes, modern pirate, lover of good wine, good food and beautiful women. To follow in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson who died in his house on the heights of Vailima.

Between album, travel diary and retrospective, “I had an appointment” above all allows you to admire the talent of the designer, who has been refined over the years to keep only the essentials and focus the gaze.

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