In December, Michaelangelo: La Dotta Mano will be on display at the New York Public Library. The book in question weighs 61 pounds and is 18 x 28 inches. From The Los Angeles Times:
“La Dotta Mano” (translated as “the learned hand”) includes reproductions of drawings by Michelangelo, original photographs by Italian photographer Aurelio Amendola and writing by several Italian scholars, including Giorgio Vasari, Antonio Paolucci and Pina Ragonieri.
The whole thing is a project of Italian publisher FMR to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Michelango’s beginning work on the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.
Apparently, the book’s cover features an exact replica of the Madonna della Scala, carved from the same Polvacio quarries Michaelangelo used in his work. There will be 99 copies printed, each for $130,000 — with a few Giller wins, you won’t even need to put it on layaway.