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Con L'espositione Di Christoforo Landino, et Di Alessandro Vellutello, Sopra la Sua Comedia Dell' Inferno, Del Purgatorio, & Del Paradiso. Con Tauole, Argomenti, & Allegorie, & Riformato, Riueduto, & Ridotto Alla Sua Uere Lettura, Per Francesco Sansovino Fiorentino
Venetia [Venice]: Giouambattasta, Marchio Sessa, & Fratelli. 1564, 1st Sansovino edition. () [56], 163 numbered leaves, [8], 164 - 392 numbered leaves. Very good. Folio. Finely bound in mid-20th century full deep red morocco. Spine in 7 compartments. Title in gilt to second, remaining stamped in gilt. "Venezia 1564" stamped in gilt to foot of spine. Raised bands. Very light rubbing to corners and foot of spine. A.e.g. Marbled endpapers. Typed description (in Italian) of this edition pasted to front pastedown. Generally clean internally with occasional foxing and spotting to margins; only heavy to 6 or so leaves. Housed in marbled-paper-covered slipcase with red morocco lips. Edges of slipcase rubbed. A beautiful, illustrated 16th Century Italian edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. An important edition, this first Sansovino edition unites the commentaries of Landino and Vellutello for the first time and includes the "Big Nose" portrait of Dante on the title page. With an additional 96 fine, in-text woodcuts, 3 of which are full page and many more are nearly full page. Numerous woodcut head and tail pieces and historiated initials throughout. Printer's device on final page. The fine in-text woodcuts were first included in the Francesco Marcolini edition of 1544. Only a handful of copies of the Editio Princeps by Johann Numeister and Evangelista Angelini da Trevi in 1472 are extant; the edition offered here post-dates the Editio Princeps by fewer than 100 years..
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