La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri, with Le Rime del Petrarca.
Firenze: Presso Guiseppe Molini, 1830; 1822. Two 12mo. volumes. (vi), (892); (xxxiv), (498)pp. Both volumes feature engraved frontispieces and title pages. The Dante contains a colophon indicating that this edition was published on 24 March 1830, the same day on which a monument to Dante was erected in Florence. Both volumes are bound in nineteenth-century vellum, each featuring a hand-painted miniature portrait of the author on the front panel and a scene relevant to the author's life on the back panel. The Dante has a view of Florence, while Petrarch's villa is depicted on the back panel of Le Rime. Spines of both are divided into panels with decorative gilt rules and titles on red sheep labels, lettered in gilt. The Dante volume bears the armorial bookplate of William Hamilton Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury, and both volumes contain the booklabel of Estelle Doheny, the distinguished collector of fore-edge paintings and rare books. Aside from a touch of shelfwear to spine foot of the Dante, this is a fine, attractive set with distinguished provenance. (Item ID: 17300)