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Dante, Dante col sito e forma dell'Inferno, Venice, Aldus, 1515, old vellum

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 4,000 GBP

Dante, Dante col sito e forma dell'Inferno, Venice, Aldus, 1515, old vellum

Dante, Dante col sito e forma dell'Inferno, Venice, Aldus, 1515, old vellum

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 4,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,780

GBP

Dante Alighieri


Dante col sito e forma dell'Inferno. (Venice: in the house of Aldus and Andrea Torresani, August 1515)


8vo (197 x 97mm.), woodcut Aldine device on both title-pages (one with lettering ALDO and the other ALDUS) and final verso (otherwise blank), italic text, 3 woodcut illustrations at end (2 double-page), l2 blank except for foliation and signature, with blank leaf H7, first two leaves and the final quire (H) printed on slightly shorter paper, old Italian vellum with foredge extensions, first two leaves tipped in, occasional light staining or foxing


Second Aldine edition of Dante. This is the first issue, with the single dash in the title word "De- scrittione" (for details of the second issue, see UCLA 136.5).


The woodcut illustrations first appeared in the 1506 Giunta octavo edition of Dante, which also contained a two-book dialogue on Hell, with Antonio Manetti as the main character; Manetti was interested in the topography of Dante's worlds. This 1515 Aldine, now entitled Dante col sito, et forma dell'Inferno, reflects the new topographical interest in Dante; the title of the earlier Aldine, Le terze rime, emphasised the poetic aspects. It additionally contains three woodcuts of Hell and Purgatory, devised by Trifone Gabriele (a friend of Bembo's), which were copied for Paganino's miniature editions of Dante (see lot 101).


LITERATURE:

Aldo Manuzio tipografo 133.7; Edit16 1150; Renouard 73/8; UCLA 136

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