23 April 2001
DANTE Alighieri (1265-1321). Le terze rime. Venice: Aldus Manutius, August 1502.
Aldine 8o (164 x 92 mm). Collation: a-z A-G8 H4 (a1r title-page Le terze rime di Dante, a1v subtitle Lo'nferno e'l purgatorio e'l paradiso di Dante Alaghieri, l2 blank, x3v blank, h4v with woodcut anchor and dolphin device [Fletcher 2]). 244 leaves. Italic type 1:80. Spaces for initials with printed guide-letters. With the usual setting of quires a-c and with "Alaghieri" on the title-page verso uncorrected. (Some very pale and insignificant marginal spotting, a few wormholes repaired.) Black straight-grained morocco gilt, covers with border of roll-tooled interlocking stylized shell and floral devices framed by a single fillet, smooth spine gilt-lettered and decorated, Greek key roll on turn-ins, edges gilt and gauffered in the 16th century, marbled endpapers, by FRANçOIS BOZéRIAN, signed ("Rel. p. Bozérian jeune") at foot of spine.
Provenance: some marginalia and underlining in an early cursive hand.
FIRST ALDINE EDITION and the first small-format edition of The Divine Comedy. The Aldine anchor device was added to the last leaf as an afterthought during the press run; thus some copies are without it (as in the Lyonese counterfeit following this lot). Other in-press corrections provide a number of variants, including the misspelling of Alighieri on A1v corrected in some copies and quires a-c known in variant type-settings. Adams D-83; Ahmanson-Murphy 47a; Renouard Alde 34.5.
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