A TRANSLATION OF GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO'S LIFE OF DANTE WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND A NOTE ON THE PORTRAITS OF DANTE

By: [EDWARDS, EDWARD B. (binding design)]; BOCCACCIO, GIOVANNI; CARPENTER, G. R. (translator)

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Book Condition: Near fine


8vo (7” x 8¾”). pp. 186. Signed binding design by Edward B. Edwards stamped in russet on vellum of a peacock standing on the top of a pedestal with a rippling pool of water behind and surrounded by laurel branches and berries. The design is repeated on the rear board.

Floriated and rubricated initial caps; patterned russet and white eps incorporating stylized lions, swans and dragons; engraved head and tail pieces. Printed on handmade Italian paper by the De Vinne Press.

Includes frontis. portrait of Dante and a fold-out reproduction of a map of Florence, Italy from 1490.

A biography of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, best known for his epic poem The Divine Comedy, which is comprised of sections representing the three tiers of the Christian afterlife: purgatory, heaven, and hell. Boccaccio's Life of Dante, originally written in 1373, played an important role in both promoting the poetic importance of Dante and The Divine Comedy.

A near fine copy with faint scattered foxing on a few of the prelim leaves. Scarce.

Title: A TRANSLATION OF GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO'S LIFE OF DANTE WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND A NOTE ON THE PORTRAITS OF DANTE

Author Name: [EDWARDS, EDWARD B. (binding design)]; BOCCACCIO, GIOVANNI; CARPENTER, G. R. (translator)

Categories: Poetry - Middle Ages, Dante Alighieri , Biography, American Publisher's Bindings, 20th C., AESTHETIC MOVEMENT,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, The Grolier Club: 1900

Binding: vellum

Book Condition: Near fine

Seller ID: 2859

Keywords: Dante Alighieri Publisher's Binding Biography Aesthetic Movement