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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1481-08-30
Place: Florence
Publisher: Niccolò di Lorenzo
Library locations
Spencer Collection
Shelf locator: Spencer Coll. Ital. 1481
Content: Binding, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, 1923?, of dark brown morocco. Sides within four fillets, blind, with small floreated conventional ornament in each corner within the third and fourth fillets. Doublé with watered paper in a wing design of rose, yellow, gray, green and blue. Edges gilt. Back with five bands, lettered.
Content: Roman type (Proctor 6120); 60 lines.
Content: Signatures: i-iii(12), a(10), b(8), c-e(10), f(3), g(10), h-i(8), l(10), m-n(8), o-r(10), s(6), aa-gg(10), hh(12), ll-mm(10), oo(6), a[and A](8), B-H(10), I(6), L(18); including 4 blank leaves.
Content: First florentine edition of Dante and the first of Landino's collated text and commentary.
Content: Hain (*)5946. dyson Perrins 23.
Content: Illustrations: 19 small copperplate engravings, the first two printed, the others pasted on the leaves. Large initial N, and other illuminations at top and side of sig.aa; small colored initials. "Engravings were executed for the first eighteen cantos of the Inferno, blank spaces being left for them, and the sheets at first being passed through the press a second time to receive the impression of the plates. In some copies, however, no engravings havebeen inserted, in others only two, while a complete set ofeighteen is extremely rare. The difficulties of the doubleimpression may have been the cause of the abandonment of the plan, as in most copies only the first two plates are printed in their places, the later ones being pasted in. It used to be thought that the plates were engraved by Baccio Baldini from the designs of Botticelli, but the discovery of the real Botticelli designs in the Duke of Hamilton's manuscript, now at Berlin, shows that these plates are only versions of excerpts from them, and there is no sound reason for attributing them to Baldini."--Morgan 398. For an account of the Botticelli connection, alist and description of the plates, and a bibliography, see: A. M. Hind, Catalogue of early Italian engravings...in the British Museum, London, 1910, p. 83-94; see also, in this list, Bettini, Monte Sancto di Dio, Florence, 1477.
Physical Description
Extent: 370 1. illus. f̕.
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16832091
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 73177170-c607-012f-a7cf-58d385a7bc34
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