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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
THE DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHIERI CIRCA 1527-1533
Toscolano, Italy: Paganino and Alessandro Paganini, 1527. Good condition. [DANTE ALIGHIERI]. Dante col sito, et forma dell' inferno. Toscolano: Paganino and Alessandro Paganini, [c.1527-1533]. Hardcover. Full vellum. Small octavo (155 x 90mm), [247] leaves: woodcut illustration, map. Signatures: a-z⁸ A-H⁸ (L2 blank). Title on title page verso: Lo'nferno e'l purgatorio e'l paradiso di Dante Alaghieri. Italian text in italic type. Near contemporary vellum, smooth spine, brown calf lettering-piece, gilt titles. First 111 pages numbered by hand in upper margin, 3-line initial spaces with guide-letters, with blank L2, double-page woodcut illustration showing Jerusalem and the descent through purgatory and hell on H4-H5, and 1 full-page diagram of hell and purgatory verso of H5, Paganini's colophon on final leaf, Registro on H4. Condition: Binding tight and secure, the covers somewhat grubby. This copy lacking leaf H6, which bears the final two woodcut schemas (copies of which are supplied in photocopy). Some browning and a few folded page corners, otherwise a generally good copy. Listing note: A very scarce edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. An imitation by Paganini of the Aldus edition of 1515. cf. Renaissance Dante in Print, 1472-1629, according to Renouard, the type size is bigger than the italic type used by Aldus. Printers identified as Paganino Paganini and son Alexander Paganino from colophon, which reads: "P[aganinus] [&] Alex. Pag. Benacenses f[ecerunt] Bena[cus] v[ivat] v[ivat]." See F.J. Norton, Italian printers 1501-1520, p. 116, citing Luigi Lechi, Della tipografia b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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