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Dante Alighieri; Giovanni Boccaccio. Vita Nuova di Dante Alighieri con xv
Canzoni del Medesimo. E la Vita di esso Dante Scritta da Giovanni Boccaccio.
Florence: Bartolomeo Sermartelli, 1576. Octavo, early limp vellum. Text in Italian.
$18,000.
Exceptionally scarce
editio princeps
of Dante’s
Vita Nuova
, composed in the late
thirteenth century, but not printed until this 1576 Florentine edition, paired
with Giovanni Boccaccio’s life of Dante. In his first major work, an account of
his transformative passion for Beatrice Portinari, Dante expands the conventions
of courtly love, describing a woman he barely knew as a direct means to the
apprehension of the divine. The work ends with a vision of Beatrice in glory, and
Dante’s resolution:
Spero di dir di lei, quello che mai non fu detto d’alcuna
(“I hope to
write of her that which has never been written of any other woman.”) The result,
of course, would be the
Commedia
.
Dante Alighieri. Dante col Sito, et Forma dell’Inferno tratta dalla istessa
Descrittione del Poeta.
Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Torresano, 1515. Octavo, full eighteenth-century
vellum. Double-page woodcut map of the Inferno, and two woodcut charts outlining
the moral taxonomy of the Inferno and Purgatorio. Text in Italian. $15,000.
First illustrated pocket edition of Dante’s
Commedia
. Composed in the early
fourteenth century, Dante’s modern epic first appeared in print in 1472; a decade
later, Cristoforo Landino’s edition, with engravings after Botticelli, was the first
to be illustrated. This 1515 Aldine edition combines the most accurate text of the
poem to date with a double-page map of the Inferno, depicting all of Dante’s
lost souls, from the stoic “spiriti magni” in Limbo to the frozen traitors in the
depths of Hell. The portable octavo format, presenting Dante’s vernacular
rime
in readable italic type, marks the first time that Renaissance readers could carry
hell in their pockets.
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Picturesque Round Game of the Geography, Topography, Produce,
Manufactures & Natural History of Various Countries of the World.
London: William Sallis, [1845]. Hand-colored lithographic map game, 25 x 20.5 inches,
folding into original green cloth covers. Housed in a custom slipcase and chemise.
$7800.
First edition of this hand-colored travel board game, a striking example of
popular Victorian cartography. Players begin their journey within the British
Isles, following the numbers from Europe to Asia, Australia to Africa, through
the Americas, finally landing in the South Seas. Along the way, the travellers
encounter vivid and sometimes fanciful scenes of adventure: African tribesmen
hunting elephants, Arab horsemen trapped in a sand storm,
Esquimaux
battling
polar bears. Niagara Falls consumes half a continent, slaves pick cotton
in California, Iceland is a volcano, and penguins occupy their own nation.
A fascinating glimpse at how the British at home saw their place in the world.
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