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Divina Comedia] Dante con l'Espositioni di Christoforo Landino, et d'Alessandro Vellutello. Con Tavole, Argomenti, & Allegorie, & riformato, riveduto, & ridotto alla sua vera Lettura, per Francesco Sansovino Fiorentino
Appresso Gio. Battista, & Gio. Bernardo Sessa, Fratelli, In Venetia [Venice] 1596 - , 1596., Folio. Ff. [28], 163, [4], 164-392. Woodcut medallion portrait of Dante within ornamental frame on title page, and 96 woodcut illustrations (3 full-page, including 12 repetitions). Grotesque and arabesque woodcut headpieces, historiated initials, Sessa cat device on verso of last leaf. Text in italic type set within double-column commentary in Roman type. Bound in later (18th century) vellum with 19th-century red leather label (partially eroded), page edges stained red (faded), with old ink manuscript title on lower edge of text block. Binding a little soiled with short split in lower front joint. Intermittent toning to leaves, occasional marginal foxing, and light marginal dampstaining toward rear, cobweb worming to upper portion of leaves 273-293 with some loss of text, but overall a nice clean copy in a handsome, well-preserved binding. The Third Sansovino Edition. First published by the Sessa brothers in Venice in 1564, the celebrated edition of Dante edited by Francesco Sansovino (1521-1583) brings together the commentaries of Christopher Landino, originally published in Florence in 1481, and Alessandro Vellutello, which first appeared in the edition published by Francesco Marcolini in Venice, 1544. The attractive wood cuts used by the Sessas in all three folio editions are from the original blocks cut for Marcolini's 1544 edition, though the number of illustrations was increased through repetition. Adams D111. BM STC Italian p. 210. Brunet II 504. Graesse II 3 30. Mortimer, Harvard Italian 16th Century Books, 148 (for 1564 ed.). Size: Folio [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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