[LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH (1807-1882)]. Alighieri, Dante.
Title SAN FRANCESCO D'ASSISI NEL POEMA DI DANTE E NEGLI AFFRESCHI DI GIOTTO.
Book Condition Near fine
Publisher Firenze: Editori Giulio Giannini e Figlio, 1905.
Seller ID 251
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.