Hard Cover. Venezia: appresso Simone Occhi, 1774. First Edition. Near Fine.
Edited by Lodovico Dolce. Contemporary cream vellum binding, red speckled edges, author's name to spine. Very good with some soiling to exterior, a few tiny holes to bottom left of spine, light soiling to textblock edges, and a bit of spotting to text leaves. Overall, a remarkably well-preserved copy. La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy in English), Dante's allegorical masterpiece, describes Dante's journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The narrative poem is regarded as one of the great works of literature and helped standardize the Italian language as we know it today. T.S. Eliot, the influential modernist poet, wrote in an essay on Dante, "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third." This edition is edited by Lodovico Dolce, a 16th century scholar of Italian Renaissance literature, who is believed to have been responsible for adding "Divina" to the title, earlier editions of the text being titled simply "Commedia." In order to make the work more accessible, Lodovico included two brief notes at the beginning of each canto - one summarizing the canto, and the other providing an interpretation of the canto's allegory.