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Dante Alighieri (Marius Michel, Binder
VITA NOVA; (SIGNED BINDING)
Le Livre Contemporain, 1907. Leather-bound. Translated by Henry Cochin. 4to (12" x 9"). Vii + 110 pp. Bound in signed designer emerald green levant morocco with multi-color onlay binding by MARIUS MICHEL, four raised bands, contrasting leather spine titles, compartments ornamented with black onlay and gilt, floral designer onlay boards (these in mature"stained glass" Michel binding style), turn-in dentelles floriated with red and black morocco onlay. Silk endpapers. All edges gilt. In fine half brown morocco sheath and morocco trimmed slipcase (slipcase however with some edge and corner wear -- see photos). Bound for M. Jean Boderel. With later leather bookplate of Oregon binder Alexander McBirney. Fine. This MARIUS MICHEL binding is the origiinal, later copied by others including Crete. Dante's VITA NOVA ("The New Life"), published in 1294, provided a foundational text for subsequent centuries of European iteration -- . "It is an expression of the medieval genre of courtly love, a combination of both prose and verse. Besides its content, it is notable for being written in Tuscan vernacular, rather than Latin; with Dante's other works, it helped to establish the Tuscan dialect as the basis for the Italian language..." (WIKIPEDIA).
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