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LA DIVINA COMMEDIA
Nel Regal Palazzo, Parma 1796 - The Bodoni Dante in Remarkably Fine Condition and in a Lovely New Binding. 318 x 235 mm (12 1/2 x 9 1/4"). Three volumes. Edited by Giovanni Jacopo Dionisi. The Large Quarto Edition (there was a folio edition published the same year). VERY FINE REPLICA BINDINGS OF DEEP BLUE STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT, by Courtland Benson, raised bands, covers gilt with a wide frame of interlocking drawer handle tools accented with small flowers, inner floral roll frame with oblique tulip cornerpieces, raised bands, spine panels with elaborate gilt fleuron centerpiece, gilt titling, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Brooks 654; Koch I, 12. Except for faint pinpoint foxing on the title page of the second volume and trivial smudges here and there, AN ESPECIALLY FINE, FRESH COPY WITH VAST MARGINS, and in unworn, particularly attractive, and convincing retrospective bindings. This is an especially tall copy--with leaves measuring 305 x 230 mm.--of the quarto edition of Bodoni's Dante, considered by Brooks to be as beautiful as the folio version (which he described as "Bellissima"). The same elegant format and typeface are used, and the two editions differ only in pagination. The most celebrated European printer of his era, Giambatista Bodoni (1740-1813) worked for more than 20 years at the royal press in Parma before obtaining permission to set up his own private press in 1791. Brooks says, "He took his printing in all its branches very seriously, laboured incessantly to perfect his type, had a fine artistic sense, . . . and produced books not only of a very high standard, but also showing a remarkably distinct individuality. . . . The result of his labours is a long list of books which . . . reach a very high, many of them the highest, level of technical excellence." Editor Giovanni Jacopo Dionisi based the text of the present edition on the manuscript of Filippo Villani, who had been appointed as the Florentine public reader of the "Divine Comedy" in 1392. Neither version of the Bodoni Dante is common in the marketplace: ABPC records just five copies, both folio and quarto, at auction since 1975, and only one since 1988. Although the bindings are new, they are faithful to the period and executed with great skill and very considerable aesthetic success. The Large Quarto Edition (there was a folio edition published the same year) [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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