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1 [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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2 [ALIGHIERI, DANTE]. Penrose, Thomas. A SKETCH OF THE LIVES AND WRITINGS OF DANTE AND PETRARCH WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF ITALIAN AND LATIN LITERATURE IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.
London: John Stockdale, 1790. 
12 mo. [4] 114 pages + [2] pp. publisher's ads/ Facsimile of Petrarch's handwriting on p. 105. Recent quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt spine with burgundy morocco label. A little very light foxing, a couple of pencil marks. A very good, uncut copy. First edition. ESTC lists only six copies in North American libraries. Thomas Penrose (1769-1851) was the son of Thomas Penrose, the poet (1742-1779). The younger Penrose was admitted on the foundation of Winchester College, became fellow of New College, Oxford, and vicar of Writtle-cum-Roxwell. (See Oxford DNB.)

 
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3 Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). A WOODBLOCK FROM THE ASHENDENE PRESS FEATURING A SCENE FROM PARADISO, CANTO XIII.
London: The Ashendene Press, 1905. 
The Ashendene Press issued a three-volume Commedia between 1902 and 1905, and this woodblock was used in that edition of Paradiso. Printed in an edition of just 170 copies (50 on paper and 20 on vellum) with woodcut illustrations after the original woodcuts of the 1497 edition. The Ashendene Press, which set all of its editions by hand, issued 40 books in the years from 1895-1915 and 1920-1935. It's 1909 folio-sized edition of Dante (Tutte L'Opere) is generally considered one of the 'triple crown' of fine press printing along with the Doves Press Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer.

 
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4 [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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5 Alighieri, Dante (12165-1321). DANTE (CHROMOS INSTRUCTIFS).
Belgium: Jacques Superchocolat, 1965. Fine 
Cardstock. 2" x 2 3/4 " inches. This advertising trade card featuring Dante's portrait was included in packages of Jacques chocolate by Jacques Superchocolat of Belgium. The company issued a set of 240 cards entitled "Collection De Chromos Instructifs". The back of the card has a brief biography of Dante in French and Dutch.

 
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6 [BANDINI, ALBERT R.]. Alighieri, Dante (Translated by Rev. Albert R. Bandini). DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY: A LINEAL AND RHYMED TRANSLATION.
San Francisco: The People's Publishing Company, 1928. No edition stated. Very Good + in Very Good DJ 
Three volumes bound as one. 8vo. xxiv, the pages of each volume numbered separately -- 220, 233, and 279 pp. respectively. Signed and inscribed by the translator, Albert R. Bandini on a blank prelim: "To Al Williams, I am sure you will enjoy the D.C. -- but take it in small doses. -- A.R. Bandini, The Translator." Additionally, Bandini has hand-corrected a number of line translations. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Red dustjacket with black borders and lettering. Book is in very good + condition with light shelfwear. Very good DJ with small chips to head and tail of spine and to edges. There is also a tipped in Errata/Corrige page near the end of the book.

A Catholic priest born in Florence. Bandini was also a scholar, a poet, and an attorney who is perhaps best known as a founder of the Italian Catholic Federation. This lineal and rhymed translation by Bandini is scarce. It is especially so signed, inscribed, and corrected in his hand. 
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7 [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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8 [ALIGHIERI, DANTE (1265-1321)]. Gardner, Edmund G. DANTE.
London: Aldine House, J.M. Dent & Co. , June, 1903. Third edition Very Good 
16mo. vi,166pp. A rather pedestrian Temple Primer on Dante bound in a very sophisticated, hand-painted vellum binding with five raised bands. Vellum cords with fleur-de-lis shaped raised device and yapp edges give a medieval style to the binding. Upper board painted with a rubricated initial, floral border, and a central frame of laurel leaves featuring a portrait of Dante in his scarlet robes against a starry sky. Lower board features an urn with flames against a starry in a similar frame of laurel leaves and floral border. Spine painted with scarlet flourishes. Unique.

 
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9 Alighieri, Dante. DI GIORNO IN GIORNO [FROM DAY TO DAY].
Firenze: Presso Bernardo Seeber, 1896. Second edition Good 
Oblong hardcover, 7" x 5". Imitation vellum boards, toned with age, soiled, and heavily rubbed and bumped at the corners. Illuminated initial "D" in Dante and calligraphic title in red and black with a gold cloth spine. Gold rubbed off of cloth covering spine at joints. Toning to endpapers. Three owner inscriptions on endpapers and a preliminary blank page. Still, this is a nice example of a daybook, likely published for tourists visiting Italy. Each page features one day of the month, and each day features one quote from the works of Dante in Italian, French, German, and English from authors who have translated his work, such as Longfellow. The languages used in this book demonstrate the range of cultures who were familiar with the Commedia, the cornerstone of Italian literature, and who wanted to remember it with a Dante souvenir.

 
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10 [ALIGHIERI, DANTE [1265-1321]]. Riedisser, Ida. INSCRIPTIONS FROM DANTE'S DIVINA COMMEDIA IN THE STREETS OF FLORENCE.
Milan: Alfieri & Lacroix, 1913. About very good. 
12mo. iv, 88pp. Age-toned, cardstock covers meant to resemble vellum with title and a color coat of arms on front cover. Yapp edges, which originally had ties to close the book. Ties missing. Dampstain to bottom of endpapers. Some soiling on top of pages 2 and 3. All 21 tipped-in color coats of arms are present. The city of Florence put up inscriptions from Dante's Commedia to mark all the places mentioned and all the sites where stood the houses of the families in the epic. The author arranges the inscriptions in the book chronologically, rather than topographically, and in doing so gives a concise history of Florence up to the time of Dante. An interesting revelation of what remains of the city of Florence as Dante knew it.

 
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11 [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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12 [ANDERSON, MELVILLE BEST (1851-1933)]. Alighieri, Dante. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA CON POSTILLE E CENNI INTRODUTTIVI DEL PROF. RAFFAELLO FORNACIARI.
Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, No date, circa 1925. Edizione Minuscola Very Good in very good slipcase 
32mo. xxii, 577pp. Small book bound in light brown suede with a brass medallion of Dante on the front cover. Pictorial endpapers. Some fading to suede. Book comes in a plain cardboard slipcase that has some bumping to corners but is still sturdy and completely intact. Inscription on ffep.: "Agnes (Marchesa Mannucci Capponi) from Melville. Christmas, 1925."

Melville Best Anderson was an author, translator, and teacher at Stanford University whose particular interest was the work of Dante. His most celebrated literary achievement was his translation of the Divina Commedia (Oxford University Press: 1932 and Limited Editions Club: 1932). He maintained a correspondence with his former student, Agnes Smith Manucci Capponi (which is now part of Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives), and gave her this copy of his favorite work as a Christmas gift. A personalized copy of Dante's masterpiece, from one who knew it intimately. 
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13 [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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14 Alighieri, Dante. LA DIVINA COMMEDIA DI DANTE ALIGHIERI.
Firenze: G. Barbera, 1921. 
32mo. 4" x 2 3/4" 575 pp. Frontispiece is tissue-guarded portrait of Dante. Dark brown leather, bound in a medieval style with yapp edges, metal clasps, raised bands, and stamped title. In the uncommon, original clamshell box, which is covered in a floral paper and has a paper label with "La Divina Commedia" on spine. Text is in Italian. Fine book in very good clamshell box, which has light edgewear.

 
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15 [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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16 Alighieri, Dante. LA OPERE MINORI DI DANTE ALIGHIERI NOVAMENTE ANNOTATE DA G.L. PASSERINI .
Florence: G.C. Sansoni, 1912-1923. Very Good 
48mo. 3" x 4". Five, small volumes. Written entirely in Italian. Age-toned wraps with decorative calligraphic titles. Chipped wrappers and spines. Not a complete set, but a nice early 20th century survivor in wraps. Volume 1 - missing, Volume 2 - Rime, Volume 3 - Il Convivio, printed in 3 volumes, all labelled III. Volume 4- missing, Volume 5 Il Trattato Della Volgare Eloquenza.

 
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17 [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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18 [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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19 [Alighieri, Dante] Birk, Sandow. SIGNED PROMOTIONAL POSTER. "CALIFORNIA ARTIST SANDOW BIRK CREATES A MULTI-MEDIA CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION OF THE CLASSIC DANTE'S INFERNO USING REFERENCES TO CURRENT EVENTS AND PEOPLE IN A LANDSCAPE POPULATED BY MINI-MALLS, FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS, AND ATMS."
Fullerton, CA : California State University, Fullerton, 2006. Fine. 
18" x 24" poster intended to be folded and sent as a mailer advertising an event at the Main Art Gallery of California State University, Fullerton, February 4 - March 10, 2006. This particular copy was never folded or used and is in perfect condition. Illustrated on both sides in Birk's black and white drawings, which feature Dante's Hell as if it took place in the popular culture of California. SIGNED by Birk.

 
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20 [ALIGHIERI, DANTE]. Lillie, Mary Prentice. THE COMEDY OF DANTE ALIGHIERI TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH UNRHYMED HENDECASYLLABIC VERSE.
San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1958. Limited Edition 1/300 
4to. 3 volumes. Cream boards, spines gilt-lettered. Carboard slipcase. One of 300 sets. Near fine. In 1919, the brothers Edwin and Robert Grabhorn came from Indianapolis to San Francisco and immediately caught the attention of the community of bibliophiles with their imaginative and colorful books and ephemeral printing. The Grabhorn Press is one of the best-known fine press publishers in the United States.

 
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