DANTE

La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri. Illustrata da Gustavo Dorè e dichiarata con note tratte dai migliori commenti per cura di Eugenio Camerini.
Date: Milan,Sonzogno,1868
Cod 6663
Matter: literature-illustrated
1.500,00 €
In Folio (410x300 mm); Vol. I: pp. X, (2), 138 with 75 full-page black and white woodcuts outside text; pp. VIII, 134, (2) with XLII woodcuts; pp. (8), 132, (4) with XVIII woodcuts, all protected by tissue paper. Coeval binding in elegant green half leather with corners and hazelnut percale, with gold title on leather gusset to front plate, rich gilt friezes to the four-nerved spine, wheeled border along the plates. Pinked cuts. First edition illustrated by Gustavo Dorè, unknown to Mambelli, who indicates the 1869 edition as the first with illustrations by Dorè. He was an extraordinary illustrator, born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832 and died in Paris on 23 January 1883; he is considered one of the most prolific and successful book illustrators of the late 19th century. Eugenio Camerini, editor of the text, followed Witte's lesson; for the variants he especially adhered to the two edited by the Academici della Crusca in 1595 and 1837. For the statements he took into account the best ancient and modern interpreters: Boccaccio, Buti, Benevento da Imola, Tommaseo, Bianchi, Blanc, etc. A beautiful full-margin copy, with the excellent iconographic apparatus very well imprinted, it shows some marginal blooming on the first few pages and towards the last. Binding with signs of age and slight abrasions to hinges. Mambelli, 362.

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