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1 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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2 [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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3 [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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4 [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." 
Price: 500.00 USD
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5 [BASKIN, LEONARD (1922-2000)]. Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321). THE DIVINE COMEDY. Three Volume Set. Translated by Thomas G. Bergin and Illustrated by Leonard Baskin
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1969. First printing Near fine in very good slipcase 
Folio. Three volume set in slipcase. Brown boards with ivory colored, cloth covered spines. Titles stamped on each volume's spine in gilt. One small spot on the spines of both volume 1 and volume 3. Brown slip case with intact paper label affixed to front. Some wear to edges of slipcase, but still sturdy and in very good condition. Each volume filled with Baskin's dramatic illustrations. This set is inscribed on the ffep of volume 1, "To Pat Clifford from Leonard Baskin". It is not one of the limited edition of 100 signed copies, but instead a personalized inscription.

 
Price: 350.00 USD
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