Dante Alighieri

La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri nobile fiorentino Ridotta a miglior lezione dagli Accademici della Crusca, seconda impressione Accresciuta degli argomenti, allegorie, e spiega de’ vocaboli oscuri. Dedicata al dottor signor Tommaso Farina Avvocato Napoletano.

Naples, Francesco Laino, 1716.

8° (175 x 100 mm). Collation: a-b2, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa6, Bbb4. [8], 570 pages. Woodcut device on the title-page, with the mott: ‘il piv bel fior ne coglie'. Head-and tailpieces. Contemporary vellum over pasteboards. Spine with five raised bands, with inked title. A very good copy, waterstain at the upper margin of the first leaves, a few stains and finger-marks.

Provenance: on the recto of the front flyleaf, three ownership deleted with ink, 'Gio. Batt.a Verspilt', ‘Carlo Francesco [?]', and then ‘Luigi Behrens 1878.'; Hugh Williams (ex-libris on the front pastedown); Livio Ambrogio collection.

The first edition of the Commedia to be printed in the eighteenth century, and the second edition by the members of the Florentine Accademia della Crusca, first appeared in 1595. Each canto is supplemented with a summary, an allegory and notes, taken from the Giolito Commedia of 1555.