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Dante; Henry Francis Cary (translator); Sandro Botticelli (illustrator). La Divina
Commedia or The Divine Vision of Dante Alighieri in Italian and English.
[London]:
The Nonesuch Press, 1928. Folio, original orange vellum gilt, 42 collotypes printed in
sepia. $1500.
Splendid example of the Nonesuch Dante, one of 1475 copies. The sepia collotypes,
many double-page, reproduce a series of drawings that Botticelli produced for his
patron, Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici, in the late fifteenth century. Text in
Italian and English.
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Petrarch; [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]. Rime di Francesco Petrarca.
Florence:
Successori le Monnier, 1867. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter sheep. Presentation
inscription: “Edith Longfellow / with her father’s love. / January 30. 1876.” Pencil notes
in text, notecard with Petrarch inscription tipped in. $1250.
Nineteenth-century Florentine edition of Petrarch, presented by American poet
HenryWadsworth Longfellow to his daughter Edith to commemorate their shared
love of Italian literature: “Before her marriage Edith Longfellow read Dante in the
original with her father. This she carried out conscientiously for at least two years,
enjoying the association with her father in his work, and he presented to her a
volume of Petrarch inscribed in memory of those readings”
(Cambridge Historical
Society)
. Text in Italian. A notable family and literary association copy.
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[William Shakespeare]. Shakespeare Illustrated by an Assemblage of Portraits and
Views; with Biographical Anecdotes for the Different Persons, and Descriptions of
Places Mentioned: Adapted to the Whole Series of the Author’s Dramas. To which
are added Portraits of Actors, Editors, &c. Arranged, with Directions for their
Insertion in any Edition.
London: G. Sidney, circa 1800. Two octavo volumes, modern
three-quarter calf. Illustrated with 158 full-page engraved plates. $1500.
Expanded edition of this collection of Shakespearean engravings, intended to
be individually rebound into “any edition” of the plays, allowing readers to
construct their own personalized volumes of Shakespeare. The engravings include
portraits of notable editors (Alexander Pope, Thomas Hanmer), critics (Samuel
Johnson, Elizabeth Montagu), actors (Richard Burbage,Will Kempe), historical
figures (Julius Caesar, Henry IV, Richard III, Elizabeth I), and settings (Stratford-
upon-Avon,Westminster Abbey, the Rialto).
Shakespeare Illustrated
capitalized on
the contemporary vogue for extra-illustration, the practice of inserting extra
material, from illustrations to autographs to manuscripts, into printed books to
provide historical color and context. Unlike the first edition, which appeared in
thirty parts between 1789 and 1793, this expanded edition includes commentary on
each image, providing the play, act, and scene for each. A complete Shakespearean
sourcebook, evidence of English reading and collecting practices at the turn of
the nineteenth century.
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