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TERZE RIME (Lo 'Nferno E'L Purgatorio E'L Paradiso Di Dante Alaghieri) [bound with Petrarca:] SONETTI E CANZONI In Vita Di Madonna Lavra
Venice: in Aedib. Aldi. Accuratissime men. [and] d’Aldo Romano, 1502 [and] 1514. Two books bound as one volume. The first Aldine printing of The Divine Comedy and the first Dante in Aldine “pocket book” (8vo) format, bound with the fine Aldine printing of Petrarca. ONE OF THE EARLIEST POCKET BOOKS EVER PRINTED AND THE BEGINNING OF ALDUS' GROUNDBREAKING INTRODUCTION OF THIS NEW STYLE IN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING. ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS IN THE HISTORY OF PRINTING. With the famous Aldine anchor device on the final leaf of Petrarca. 8vo 146 mm x 95 mm, in later three-quarter brown calf over marbled boards, the spine lettered in gilt. (244ff) a1-z8 (l2 blank present) A1-H4; (207ff) a2-z8, A1-C8 (A8 blank present). A well preserved copy with some interesting period marginal notations and bracketing in an antique hand, occasional mellowing or typical evidence of age. The Petrarca is complete but for the non-textual a1 introductory leaf. One leaf contains a stanza of text censored but readable. The Dante volume is complete. RARE AND IMPORTANT AND ONE OF THE GREAT BOOKS IN LITERARY AND PRINTING HISTORY. The first Aldine printing of Dante's Divine Comedy; the first edition of Dante to appear in a more handy, portable format (all previous editions were folios). According to Brunet, this is a much sought-after edition, and copies are difficult to find in complete and desirable condition. This book for all intents and purposes inaugurated the beginning of literary publishing by Aldus and which allowed for books to become available to the general public. The Aldine printing of Dante is a book of the greatest importance. Bound with the Dante is a very early issue of Petrarca's Canzoni and Sonetti. Petrarca, like Dante was one of the four greatest writers in all Italian literature, Along with Tasso and Ariosto, the four form the cornerstones of Italian literature and language. “Dante’s theme, the greatest yet attempted in poetry, was to explain and justify the Christian cosmos through the allegory of a pilgrimage. To him comes Virgil, the symbol of philosophy, to guide him through the two lower realms of the next world, which are divided according to the classifications of the ‘Ethics’ of Aristotle. Hell is seen as an inverted cone with its point where lies Lucifer fixed in ice at the centre of the world, and the pilgrimage from it a climb to the foot of and then up the Purgatorial Mountain. Along the way Dante passes Popes, Kings and Emperors, poets, warriors and citizens of Florence, expiating the sins of their life on earth. On the summit is the Earthly Paradise where Beatrice meets them and Virgil departs. Dante is now led through the various spheres of heaven, and the poem ends with a vision of the Deity. The audacity of his theme, the success of its treatment, the beauty and majesty of his verse, have ensured that his poem never lost its reputation. The picture of divine justice is entirely unclouded by Dante’s own political prejudices, and his language never falls short of what he describes.” PMM.
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