[NUTTLE, MARGARET HENRY PENICK]. Alighieri, Dante.
Title LA DIVINA COMMEDIA [Hand-Painted Binding by Margaret Henry Penick].
Edition Edizione Simplex
Publisher Florence, Italy: G. Barbera, ca. 1921-1932.
Seller ID 515
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].