January 01, 2010
On a 1965 book about "Fantastic" written by the French anthropologist (and sociologist, writer, intellectual) Roger Caillois (1913-1978), "Au coeur du fantastique" (Editions Gallimard, Paris), the author quotes "Atalanta Fugiens", the ancient text where alchemist designer Dave Loxley took the "Alchemy" front cover.
About the emblemas included in that book, he writes that the best ones are those "that get attention because their unusual kind of scene symbolized, difficulty or absurdity of the venture, a contemptible or unlikely detail, a dramatic event, a monstrous difference...".
And, among the best ones, he quotes the emblema n. 8 ("Alchemy" cover design), writing: "the man, very determined, prepares himself to cut with his sword, with an extreme and theatrical gesture, an huge egg, miracously balanced on its tip".
Edited by Luca Chino Ferrari