Dante's Divine Comedy, Vol 1: Inferno
Venice, 1751. La Commedia di Dante Alighieri
Full leather, five raised bands to the spine, page edges dyed red. 17.5 × 11.5cm, xl +317pp, 3pp catalogue. Italian text.
Full title: La Commedia di Dante Alighieri Tratta da Quella, che pubblicarono gli Accademici della Crusca l'anno MDXCV, Col Comento del M.R.P. Pompeo Venturi della Compagnia di Gesu, Divisa in Tre Tomi (Volume One only: Inferno)
A nice Venetian imprint of the first book of Dante's Divine Comedy, being Inferno. The book is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Dante, and Inferno begins with an illustration of the circles of hell. The book describes Dante's journey through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth.
Good condition for age. The leather is rubbed with the top segment of the spine detached at the rear joint, and with loss to the spine ends. Front endpaper nearly detached, the inner binding otherwise secure. Light staining to the pages throughout from the top margin down to about half way but the book remaining in strong readable condition.Sold