Dante Alighieri

Danthe alegieri fiorentino.

Venice, Matteo Capcasa, 1493.

Folio (312 x 213 mm). Collation: a10, a-u8, x7, y-z8, &8, A-N8, O6. [10], ccxcix, [1] leaves. Text surrounded by commentary, 60 lines. Type: 5:109R, 6:80R, 9:107R, 11:180G. Three full-page woodcuts, the first one showing Dante, Virgil and the three wild beasts (fol. a1v); ninety-seven woodcut small vignettes; numerous woodcut decorated initials, some on black ground. Modern binding in vellum, spine with title in gold on painted lettering-pieces. Marbled pastedowns and flyleaves. Blue edges. A very good copy, small loss to the lower blank margin of the first leaf, without any loss. Some leaves slightly browned and foxed; a few early ink stains. On the verso of one of the front flyleaves a portrait of Dante is pasted, reproducing Giotto's portrait in the Florentine Bargello, discovered in 1840 by Seymour Kirkup.

Provenance: Livio Ambrogio collection.

The second edition issued from the press of Matteo Capsaca or Codeca, justly praised for the neat . Like the edition published in 1491 by the same printer in conjunction with Bernardinus Benali, the volume of 1493 also contains, besides the Commedia with the commentary of Cristoforo Landino, the spurious works ascribed at the time to Dante: the so-called Credo di Dante, and the vernacular translations of the Ave Maria, the Pater noster and the Septem Psalmi Poenitentiales. For the three full-page woodcuts and the ninety-seven small vignettes illustrating each cantos were re-used the blocks executed for the Commedia of 1491. In the present copy, a contemporary hand has added on the lower margin of fol. &8v the terzina 52-66 of Canto xxi of the Purgatorio, missing in the text due to an oversight of the printer.