Dante Alighieri

Dante con l’espositione di M. Bernardino Daniello da Lucca, Sopra la sua Comedia dell’Inferno, del Purgatorio, & del Paradiso; nuouamente stampato, & posto in luce. Con priuilegio dell’Illustrissima Signoria di Venetia per anni XX.

Venice, Pietro da Fino, 1568.

4° (204 x 152 mm). Collation: *6, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Yyyy4. [12], 727 pages. Italic and roman type. On the title-page and on fol. Yyyy4v woodcut printer's devices. Three full-page engravings, showing the maps of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise (fols. *6v, Ff3v, Ppp1v). Woodcut animated and decorated initials, on nine lines that on fol. A1r, at the beginning of the first cantica. Bound in antique limp vellum, with yapp edges. Smooth spine with inked title and the shelfmark ‘H.2.6'. Wear to the yapp edges of the rear board. A very good copy, light foxing in places, in the last quire some wormholes in the lower part of the gutter.

Provenance: ‘Ex legato D. Antonij Maria Vinci' (seventeenth-century ownership inscription on the verso of the front flyleaf); Livio Ambrogio collection.

The first and only edition of the Commedia with the 'new' commentary by the Lucca scholar Bernardino Daniello, posthumously printed by Pietro da Fino, and dedicated by him to Giovanni da Fino from Bergamo. The edition is praised for the elegance of its layout, with a fine balance between the text of the Commedia in italic and the commentary printed in a smaller roman type, and the refined full-page engravings depicting the Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The commentary met with limited success and was never reprinted.