DANTE Alighieri (1265-1321). La Commedia. Commentary by Christophorus Landinus (1424-1498) and edited by Piero da Figino (15th century). -Rime diverse. Venice: Petrus de Plasiis, Cremonensis, 18 November 1491.
Chancery 2° (308 x 211mm). Collation: a10 B-Z8 a-q8 r6 AA4 (a1r blank, a1v commentary, B1r text with commentary surround, r2v colophon, Rime, AA1r tabula), tabula bound after quire a. 324 leaves. 61 lines and headline, Canzoni in 3 columns, the table in two. Type: 6:109R, 7:80R. 100 woodcuts, woodcut white-vine initials from several sets, 2-line initial spaces. (Washed, tiny wormhole in 2 leaves, one letter on last leaf affected by repair, occasional small marginal repair.) Red morocco janseniste by Chambolle-Duru, gilt edges. Provenance: contemporary gift inscription possibly localized to Salerno and marginal annotations (washed) – [Louis Lebeuf de Montgermont (1841-1918; sale Paris 1914, lot 318)] -- Edouard Rahir (1862-1924; booklabel; sale Paris, 6 May 1931, no. 282).
FOURTH ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE DIVINE COMEDY, WITH 100 CHARMING WOODCUTS. THE MONTGERMONT-RAHIR COPY.
All early illustrations for the Divine Comedy derive from those made by Botticelli, 19 of whose designs were engraved for the 1481 Florentine edition. The cuts used by Plasiis are very similar in design, character and quality to those used by Benalis and Capcasa in March of the same year, and they have been considered copies of that earlier edition. There are small differences in composition between the two sets, however, and Plasiis's cuts are larger, measuring 83 x 85mm. Rather than one being copied from the other, Hind (II, 484) posits that, given the short interval of time between the two editions, the cuts were made by the same workshop which supplied each printer with his own set.
HCR 5950; GW 7970; BMC V, 270 (IB. 20863); Bod.-inc. D-016; BSB-Ink D-10; Essling 532; Sander 2314; Hind II, 484; Goff D-33.