Title: The Dore Dante (The Divine Comedy)
Seller ID: 53504
ALIGHERI, DANTE. The Divine Comedy in 6 volumes (The Dore Dante), London: Cassell, 1904. Folios measuring about 14x11 inches or 35x28cm, No. 66 of the Henry Irving edition limited to 1,000 copies, pastel paper-covered boards three-quarter bound in green morocco with brown morocco spines that have five raised bands with gilt and red floral decoration, gilt lettering, top edges gilt, bookplate of Frank S. Sturgis on the front pastedowns. Each of the three parts is presented in two volumes: Vision of Hell, pp. xxiv, 82, 39 plates; [iii], 83-183, 26 plates. Vision of Purgatory, pp. [iii], 92, 25 plates; 93-170, 17 plates. Vision of Paradise, pp. [iii], 82, 7 plates; [iii], 83-165, 11 plates. The famous Gustave Dore illustrations here are supplemented by striking watercolor decoration to many of the introductory pages of each canto. Artist unknown. English translation by Henry Francis Cary. Percy Muir, in Victorian Illustrated Books, wrote of the Dore Dante: "One of Dore's most elaborate undertakings, well-suited by his macabre inventions (p.241)." This set weighs about 24 pounds or 11 kg. Condition of these books: Very good overall. A few marks on the boards, rubbed at extremities, with a greenish dusty stain to the spine of Hell V. 2. V.1 of Hell has 3 loose leaves. Front joints starting on Purgatory 1 and Paradise 2. Purgatory 1 also has creases to several leaves with small tears and margin losses. Paradise 1 has a few short tears in the margins of the preliminaries. Age-toning throughout, illustrations fine, protected under tissue guards.