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THE DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHIERI. Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher., [BOTTICELLI, SANDRO (1445-1510)]. Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). [Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher (1865-1946)].
21 [BOTTICELLI, SANDRO (1445-1510)]. Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). [Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher (1865-1946)]. THE DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHIERI. Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher.
New York: Macmillan, 1931. First edition Very Good 
Small 4to. xii, 471 pp. This book is number 69 of a limited edition of 212 copies, 200 of which were for sale. Signed by the translator. Paper covered boards, bound in a paper imitating vellum, with tie closures. Title lettered in black on spine. Tissue guarded frontispiece and 14 tissue-guarded illustrations (with quotations printed on the tissue) by Botticelli.

An introduction by the translator notes that Botticelli's artistic rendering of Dante's work is different than other well-known Dante illustrators such as Dore, Flaxman, and Blake: "Perhaps in part because he too was a Florentine, Botticelli could enter more intimately into the imaginative temper of his countryman, could see and draw what Dante saw and sang." 
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22 [BOTTICELLI, SANDRO]. Alighieri, Dante / Giovanni Peterlongo. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA (LA DIA KOMEDIO) / VERSIONE CON TESTO A FRONTE E COMMENTO IN ESPERANTO DI GIOVANNI PETERLONGO'S ILLUSTRAZIONI PER "LA DIVINA COMMEDIA" DI SANDRO BOTTICELLI.
Milano: SEIE, 1963. Eidzione Speciale 
4to. 8 1/2" x 11". 709 pp. + errata sheet. Fine pictorial cream-colored cloth in fine transparent dustjacket. With original publisher's prospectus and in slipcase as issued. But for age-toning and one 4" closed tear at the bottom seam, slipcase is in very good condition. Side-by-side translation of Dante in Italian and Esperanto, a language created by L.L. Zamenhof in his book Unua Libro in 1887. Zamenhof hoped to create an easy to learn and politically neutral language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.Esperanto has had continuous usage by a community, estimated at between 100,000 and 2 million speakers for over a century, and approximately one thousand native speakers. Although no country has adopted the language officially, Esperanto did get official recognition by UNESCO in 1954. A most unusual translation.

 
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23 [DORE, GUSTAVE]. Alighieri, Dante. DANTE'S INFERNO and DANTE's PURGATORY AND PARADISE.
New York: Cassell, Petter, & Galpin, c. 1868-1872. 
4to. 12" x 15". Published by Cassell, these two sets complement one another and are bound in their original light blue wrappers. Each set (Inferno and Purgatory and Paradise) contains Parts 1-13 of 25, for a total of 26 of 50 issues. The Cassell, Petter & Galpin editions of Dore appear on the market most often as two bound volumes. Though this set is incomplete, the individually issued parts in wrappers turn up much less frequently. In very good condition, with three to five , full-page, tissue-guarded Dore plates in each issue followed by several pages of Dante's text, as translated by Henry Francis Cary. Many pages in each issue unopened. Occasional light foxing and small publisher and binder's stamp, "S. Walker & Co." on the cover of each issue.

 
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24 [FLAXMAN, JOHN (1755-1826)]. Alighieri, Dante. "THE CARNAL", AN ENGRAVING FROM "COMPOSITIONS BY JOHN FLAXMAN FROM THE DIVINE POEM OF DANTE ALIGHIERI" Purgatory, Canto 25, The Carnal
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807. 
11" x 17". Heavy paper. From a portfolio of engravings published in 1807. The engravings were designed by John Flaxman and engraved by Thomas Piroli. This particular engraving is from Canto 25 of Dante's Divine Comedy and is entitled "The Carnal" . It depicts the souls of those who in mortal life were slaves to their carnal appetites. Single sheet. A few areas of foxing. Three small closed tears around the edges and two pinpoint size holes on the left and right edge. Suitable for framing. About very good.

Flaxman's Dante illustrations were commissioned by the art collector Thomas Hope (1769-1831), and were probably begun in April or May 1792, at the same time as Flaxman's work on drawings for Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Flaxman was the leading Neo-classical sculptor in late eighteenth-century Britain and a well known designer for Wedgwood pottery. After working as a designer for Josiah Wedgwood, Flaxman spent seven years studying in Rome. Britain's National Portrait Gallery describes this time as one that "transformed him from an obscure British designer and sculptor into a major international figure with a proven record in monumental sculpture and decorative design. His outline engravings of 1793-5 illustrating Homer and Dante won him an international reputation unmatched by any contemporary British artist. He was also appointed the Royal Academy's first Professor of Sculpture in 1810. " Though over two hundred years old, Flaxman's stark line drawing has a modern sensibility in its interpretation of Dante's classic poem. 
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COMPOSITIONS FROM THE HELL, PURGATORY, AND PARADISE OF DANTE ALIGHIERI.  FLAXMAN'S DESIGNS FROM DANTE. Engraved by Thomas Piroli from the drawings in the possession of Thomas Hope, Esq. 1793., [FLAXMAN, JOHN (1755-1826)]. Alighieri, Dante.
25 [FLAXMAN, JOHN (1755-1826)]. Alighieri, Dante. COMPOSITIONS FROM THE HELL, PURGATORY, AND PARADISE OF DANTE ALIGHIERI. FLAXMAN'S DESIGNS FROM DANTE. Engraved by Thomas Piroli from the drawings in the possession of Thomas Hope, Esq. 1793.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orne, 1807. Very Good 
Folio (oblong). 110 leaves of plates; 38 plates to Inferno, 38 to Purgatorio, and 33 to Paradiso. One plate, between Purgatorio and Paradiso is not numbered and entitled, "Faith, Hope, and Charity". In rich, chocolate colored boards with vellum spine. Spine solied. Vellum cracked on back of spine. Boards rubbed, edges have small chips (less than 1/8" each) and corners fraying. Age toning to edges of pages. Foxing throughout, though generally affecting the margins.

This collection of plates illustrated by John Flaxman was commissioned by the art collector Thomas Hope (1769-1831), and were probably begun in April or May 1792, at the same time as Flaxman's work on drawings for Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Flaxman was the leading Neo-classical sculptor in late eighteenth-century Britain and a well known designer for Wedgwood pottery. After working as a designer for Josiah Wedgwood, Flaxman spent seven years studying in Rome. Britain's National Portrait Gallery describes this time as one that "transformed him from an obscure British designer and sculptor into a major international figure with a proven record in monumental sculpture and decorative design. His outline engravings of 1793-5 illustrating Homer and Dante won him an international reputation unmatched by any contemporary British artist. He was also appointed the Royal Academy's first Professor of Sculpture in 1810." Though over two hundred years old, Flaxman's stark line drawings are eerily modern in their interpretation of Dante's classic poem. Uncommon. 
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SAN FRANCESCO D'ASSISI NEL POEMA DI DANTE E NEGLI AFFRESCHI DI GIOTTO., [LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH (1807-1882)]. Alighieri, Dante.
26 [LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH (1807-1882)]. Alighieri, Dante. SAN FRANCESCO D'ASSISI NEL POEMA DI DANTE E NEGLI AFFRESCHI DI GIOTTO.
Firenze: Editori Giulio Giannini e Figlio, 1905. Near fine 
Sm. 4to. 24pp. Bound in faux parchment which was produced to appear "aged". Very light soiling to parchment and minor edgewear. Printed on heavy cardstock. Reproduction of a fourteenth century illuminated manuscript, chromolithographed in this edition by E. Bernardi of Milan. Dante's encounter with Saint Francis in the eleventh canto of Paradiso is recounted in a decorative script. Embossed illuminated borders and Florentine scrolls frame Giotto's richly colored paintings of the Life of Saint Francis. This copy includes the hard-to-find four page insert of Longfellow's translation printed to match the book, laid in at the rear, along with a matching chromolithographic bookmark featuring Dante's portrait at the center. Ribbon ends detached from bookmark. Though some have speculatetd that Dante himself may have been a member of the Franciscan order, it has never been definitively proven. He was, perhaps, educated at Santa Croce, a Franciscan church in Florence, and he doubtless venerated Francis, the uber-saint of the thirteenth century. Fittingly, when Dante died in Ravenna in 1321 he was buried in the basilica of Saint Francis. Scarce, particularly with Longfellow's poem and the bookmark laid in.

 
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LA DIVINA COMMEDIA [Hand-Painted Binding by Margaret Henry Penick]., [NUTTLE, MARGARET HENRY PENICK]. Alighieri, Dante.
27 [NUTTLE, MARGARET HENRY PENICK]. Alighieri, Dante. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA [Hand-Painted Binding by Margaret Henry Penick].
Florence, Italy: G. Barbera, ca. 1921-1932. Edizione Simplex 
8vo. 5" x 7 1/2". 454 pp. Bound in full vellum with yapp edges and vellum ties (ties now missing) and upper board hand-painted and decorated in the style of an illuminated manuscript in colors of purple, red, blue, green, black, and gold. Spine and lower board ruled in gold. Decorator's name to front and within above the date of March 1932. Binding lightly soiled; prelims lightly foxed, pages lightly age-toned. A not-uncommon Italian edition of Dante whose status has been elevated because of its lovely hand-painted binding.   As a descendant of Patrick Henry, Margaret Henry (nee Penick) Nuttle (1913-2009) devoted much of her time to educating the public about the historical facts of his life and times. She established various colonial history programs at Washington College and Johns Hopkins University and was a benefactor to Princeton, the University of Virginia, and similar institutions.  Ref. New York Times obituary, July 30, 2009].

 
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LA VITA NUOVA (THE NEW LIFE)., [PAUL, EVELYN]. [Alighieri, Dante] Rosetti, Dante Gabriel, translator (1828-1882).
28 [PAUL, EVELYN]. [Alighieri, Dante] Rosetti, Dante Gabriel, translator (1828-1882). LA VITA NUOVA (THE NEW LIFE).
London/New York: George G. Harrap & Co./Brentano's. 
Sm. 4to, 8" x 10". Illustrations, tipped-in plates, ornamental borders, initials, miniatures and faux-gilt decorations drawn, colored and "illuminated" in medieval style. Colorful decorative endpapers. Bound in dark brown "antique leather", stamped with the title and a large initial "D". A three-dimensional, color portrait medallion of Dante appears in the center of the "D". With original glassine jacket in extremely tattered condition and with original box with decorative lid. Box is generally in good condition, but corners have torn and lid has lost two sides. Uncommon in dustjacket and box.

 
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LA DIVINA COMMEDIA DI DANTE ALIGHIERI CORREDATA DEI SEGNI DELLA PRONUNZIAE DI NUOVI SPEDIENTI UTILI ALL'EVIDENZA, AI RAFFRONTI ALLE RICERCHE, ALLA MEMORAZIONE DAL PROF. LUIGI POLACCO., [POLACCO, LUIGI]. Alighieri, Dante.
29 [POLACCO, LUIGI]. Alighieri, Dante. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA DI DANTE ALIGHIERI CORREDATA DEI SEGNI DELLA PRONUNZIAE DI NUOVI SPEDIENTI UTILI ALL'EVIDENZA, AI RAFFRONTI ALLE RICERCHE, ALLA MEMORAZIONE DAL PROF. LUIGI POLACCO.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1905. Edizione Ortofonica/ Terza Edizione Very Good 
Sm.8vo. xxviii, 400 pp. Bound in hand-painted parchment with yapp edges and leather ties which are stitched through the left margin of the upper board. Two stitches of fourteen are missing, but all four leather ties are present. Spine features title painted in rubricated initials with black lettering, embellished with gilt and blue flourishes. Upper board features elaborate , hand-painted Florentine scroll in red, green, blue, brown, and gilt and a scarlet fleur-de-lis. Ex-library, with the only indication of this status being the word "Rare" and the call number inked on the copyright page. Bookplate from St. Mary of the Woods College Library pasted on front endpaper which declares (somewhat appropriately given the book's subject), "Providence of God".

 
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