London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). La commedia, commentary by Cristoforo Landino. Venice: Bernardinus Benalius and Matteo Capcasa, 3 March 1491. Chancery 2° (312 x 217mm). Roman types. 4 full-page woodcuts from 3 blocks, each within woodcut border, numerous small woodcuts, white-on-black historiated and floriated initials, printer's device at end. Sheet i4.5 in duplicate (lacking quire e8, some staining, spotting mostly marginal, F8 with tear into text without loss, small wormholes and -track in last few leaves). 19th-century half vellum, spine lettered (paper partly torn from sides). Provenance: early annotations -- Rome, Jesuit seminary (18th-century and modern inscriptions; booklabel).
THIRD ILLUSTRATED EDITION, the first with the full cycle of illustration. H 5949; BMC V, 373; GW 7969; Essling 531; Goff D32.
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