By Ernest Hemingway
San Francisco: Bradstreet Press, 1998. Edition of 250.
6.25 x 9.25”; 32 pages. Letterpress printed on a Hacker Handpress. Printed on Mohawk Super Fine Cover Smooth paper. Bembo type with Lydian Cursive for display. Illustrations printed from original paintings. Cloth covered boards with one color illustration set into the cover on front board. Illustrated by Francesca Ivancich Scapinelli. Design, printing and binding by Foolscap Press.
Written in 1950, The Good Lion was a return to the genre of the fable. We follow the good lion on his sojourn through Africa where he is at odds with the other lions and narrowly escapes death. Back in Venice, the good lion takes comfort in old friends and a glass of pomodoro but finds he has been changed by his experience.
This story is Hemingway's response to a direct challenge from Scapinelli, who challenged him to write a children's story for her son.