The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with Flaxman's Drawings (Six volumes)
Dante Alighieri; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , John Flaxman(illus.)
Place Published: Boston and New York
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Company; The Riverside Press
Date Published: 1906
Edition: Limited Edition, Edition de Luxe
Book Id: 37343
222; 198; 206; 210; 236; 222pp. Quarto [27.5 cm] Light brown cloth covered boards with printed paper title labels on the spines. Top edges trimmed; other edges untrimmed. Many uncut pages. Very good. The extremities are mildly rubbed and bumped, and the spines and the edges of the covers are sunned. A few of the volumes have large areas of heavy fading on the covers. There are numerous very small, light stains on the spines. Several of the spine labels have losses from the edges. The largest loss is 3/4" wide by 1" tall. The text block of volume 1 is cracked at the beginning. There is a thin, discolored line on the front cover of volume 2 that measures 9 inches long. Minor moisture staining on the front flyleaf of volume 4. Complete. All plates present. Each volume begins with one of Longfellow's sonnets on translating The Divine Comedy.
Illustrated by John Flaxman. This large paper edition is limited to 650 copies, of which this is number 446. Dante Alighieri's epic allegorical poem Commedia, later renamed La Divina Commedia, is one of the most important works of Western literature. Dante was one of the most learned Italian laymen of his day, and he knew much concerning Aristotelian logic and natural philosophy, theology, and classical literature. It was Dante's desire to guide his audience to the practice of philosophical wisdom by means of truths embedded in his own poetry, rather than mysteriously incorporated in scripture.