Title: La visione. Poema di Dante Alighieri diviso in Inferno, Purgatorio, & Paradiso. Di nuovo con ogni diligenza Ristampato
Author: Alighieri, Dante
Publisher: Ad istanza di Francecso Leni libraro in Padova
Year published: 1613
Place of Publication: Vicenza
Book Condition: Near Fine
Notes: La visione. Poema di Dante Alighieri diviso in Inferno, Purgatorio, & Paradiso. Di nuovo con ogni diligenza ristampato (Vicenza: Ad istanza di Francecso Leni libraro in Padova, 1613), pp. 608, (16). Rebound in modern vellum with titling on spine in black and red, ‘Venezia’ scored out on heel of spine, binder’s endpapers. Complete with tables of ‘capitoli’ and ‘argomenti’. Dedication by the printer ‘Al molt’ Illustre, & Eccellentiss. Sig. mio osservandissimo, Il Signor Gio. Battista Minardi’. Body text printed in italic. Gilt edges. A near fine copy of this very rare edition of Dante’s La Divina Commedia. Published at a time when Dante had almost fallen into oblivion, this was the first of the three editions of the poem published in Italy in the seventeenth century (the other two appearing in Venice and Padua in 1629). It was also the first time the title La Visione was used instead of La Divina Commedia, which, as the scholar Scartazini has explained, was to bring out the sense of mysticism in Dante’s ‘visionary’ journey into the Underworld (Scartazini, Enciclopedia Dantesca, II, p. 2154). Text in Italian.