Dante Alighieri

Dante con nuove, et utili ispositioni. Aggiontoui di più una tauola di tuti i vocaboli più degni d’osseruatione, che à i luoghi loro sono dichiarati.

Lyon, Guillaume Rouillé, 1571.

16° (121 x 70 mm). Collation: A-Z8, Aa-Rr8. 627, [13] pages. Italic and roman type. Woodcut printer's device on the title-page. Woodcut portrait of Dante on fol. A3v; three full-page woodcuts at the beginning of each cantica (fols. A5v, P1r and Dd7v), already used in the Lyon edition of 1551; the title of each cantica within an architectural woodcut frame. Woodcut decorated initials. Binding in straight-grain brown morocco, signed on the spine by Joseph Thouvenin at the foot of the spine. Covers richly tooled in blind and gilt, cornerpieces and fleuron at the centre. Spine with small four gilt-tooled raised bands, on the second compartment ‘dante' lettered in gilt. Pastedowns and flyleaves in parchment paper. Board edges decorated with gilt frieze, inside dentelles. Gilt edges. The lower headband partly detached. A very good copy, slightly browned, an insignificant burn hole on the outer blank margin of fols. A2-A6, without any loss. On the verso of fol. Rr8 a possibly eighteenth-century hand has copied the words of Dante's epitaph in Ravenna, restored by Bernardo Bembo in 1483, with the note ‘Bernardo Bembo pose nuova iscrizione per sepolcro, mentre era Governatore in Ravenna'.

Provenance: Livio Ambrogio collection.

A fine copy of this Lyonese edition – a reprint of the Commedia published by Rouillé in 1551 – bound by one of the most important French binder of the nineteenth-century, Joseph Thouvenin (1791-1834), who started to work with François Bozérian.