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La Divina Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

La Divina Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso by DANTE, Alighierie [Gustave Doré] (1868)
Author: DANTE, Alighierie [Gustave Doré]
Title: La Divina Commedia: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
Year: 1868
Publisher: Edoardo Sonzogno
Place: Milano
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £150
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Early Italian editions of Gustave Doré's classic illustrated version of the Divine Comedy. The Inferno is found in its original folio format in a reprint from 1868 which is bound in the publisher's sand-grain purple cloth. There is gilt lettering to the faded spine, some slight fraying at the top and bottom of the backstrip. Internally, purple endpapers with an old crease to the free endpaper, browning and some foxing to early leaves. The text is unmarked and complete with Doré's images in their largest and most striking format. Purgatorio and Paradiso appear together (as first published in 1868) by Doré in a single smaller volume, the 'Edizione economica' of 1880; purple cloth and endpapers, some rubbing to corners and extremities; toning to text with occasional foxing throughout. Doré had to self-finance the first edition of the Inferno in 1861 but the publication was an immediate aesthetic and commercial success and translations adorned with his images soon appeared all over Europe such that it is sometimes difficult to envisage any but Doré's imaginings alongside Dante's text.
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