[BOTTICELLI, SANDRO (1445-1510)]. Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). [Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher (1865-1946)].
Title THE DIVINE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHIERI. Translated by Jefferson Butler Fletcher.
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First edition
Publisher New York: Macmillan, 1931.
Seller ID 108
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."