17 June 2003
DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). La divina commedia. Venice: Antonio Zatta, 1757.
3 volumes, 4o (262 x 190 mm). Title-page in vol. I printed in red and black. 103 etchings by Giampicoli, Bartolomeo Crivellari, Giuseppe Magnini, F. Rizzi and others after various artists. (Vol. I Eee4 with repaired tear crossing text, some light spotting.) Later calf antique, gilt-lettered and decorated on spines.
A very fine 18th-century edition of Dante's Divina commedia, called "the Venetian rococo book at its most colorful and characteristic" (Philip Hofer Bequest). Zatta printed Dante's complete works in 5 volumes; it was the first collected edition of all of Dante's works, and it was also the only illustrated edition of La divina commedia since the very early 17th century. La divina commedia is here complete. Morazzoni 225. (3)
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