THE DIVINE COMEDY, by Dante Alighieri; Longfellow (tr) - 1867 [3 vols]


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The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

translated by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Deluxe edition in a fine vellum binding. Leipzig, Germany: Bermhard Tauchnitz, 1867.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • All 3 volumes:
    • Covers have gilt and ink borders, and beveled edges.
    • Spine has elaborate gilt decoration.
    • Text block is edged in red ink.
    • Marbled pastedowns are secure.
    • Binding is secure and tight.
    • Interiors are gently age-toned.
    • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
    • Very rare signs of foxing.
    • Feps are expectedly a little more aged than rest of book
    • Owner's sig on ffep.
    • Spines are sunned.
    • Covers exhibit minimal shelfwear, moderate soiling and light scuffing.
  • Volume 1:
    • Page VII in Contents has 1/4" tear with fold in fore margin. (See photo)
    • Back cover exhibits water damage and is warped.
    • Tail of spine has 1" crack at the front shoulder, and a tiny margin of vellum is chipped off.
    • Head of spine has tiny chip at front shoulder.
  • Volume 2:
    • Has original ribbon marker.
    • Modest dog-ear at page 404.
    • Very faint water stain in foot margin, text height and spine and diminishing to center of page.
    • Head of spine has 1" cracks at shoulders, and some chipping.
    • Tail of spine has tiny chip.
  • Volume 3:Books may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
    • Red staining to front cover.
    • Back cover staining is a red-brown.
    • Top corners of boards are warped.
    • Front marble paper has .5" circle of smeared ink. (see photo)
  • CR20151217

Vol 1: 420 pp. Vol 2: 411 pp. Vol 3: 417 pp. 4.5 x 6.25 inches.

Three elegant antiquarian volumes bound in vellum. Published as part of "Collection of British Authors, Vol. 901."

The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a long Italian narrative poem. Widely considered one of the greatest works of world literature, it is also attributed with establishing the Tuscan language as the standardized Italian language. His imaginative vision of the afterlife reflects the views of the Western Church at that time, and is considered a primary influence for many Medieval artists. It's divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Hell, Purgatory and Heaven).

Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri, aka Dante Alighieri, (1265-1321) was an Italian poet, best know for this title as his greatest work. It is widely considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language. He is cited as an influence on John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Alfred Tennyson, among many others. [Wikipedia]

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Binding: Fine Binding
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Classics
Year Printed: 18670000
Special Attributes: Special Edition
Origin: European
Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany
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