[ANDERSON, MELVILLE BEST (1851-1933)]. Alighieri, Dante.
Title LA DIVINA COMMEDIA CON POSTILLE E CENNI INTRODUTTIVI DEL PROF. RAFFAELLO FORNACIARI.
Book Condition Very Good in very good slipcase
Edition Edizione Minuscola
Publisher Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, No date, circa 1925.
Seller ID 112
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.