Dante Alighieri

Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso. The Comedy of Dante Alighieri of Florence commonly called the ‘Divine Comedy’. A line-for-line translation in the rime-form of the original by Melville Best Anderson.

San Francisco, Printed by John Henry Nash, 1929.

Four volumes, 350 x 206 mm. vii, [1], 165, [1]; [4], 166; [4], 165, [1]; [2], 120 pages. Text and notes within a green border. Original uniform binding in vellum over pasteboards, with yapp edges. Title in gilt lettering on the spines.

Provenance: gifted by the publisher John Henry Nash (1871-1947) to Albert Frolich (on the front pastedown of each volume his autograph note 'To Albert Frolich From John Henry Nash x a.m., Sit. D.'); Livio Ambrogio collection.

Deluxe edition, limited to 250 copies (this is no. 117), printed by one of the most renowned American private presses, of the English translation line-to-line by Melville Best Anderson (1851-1933), first published in 1921. The fourth volume contains his extensive essay The Florence of Dante Alighieri. The Dante of All the world. A very fine copy, signed by the publisher John Henry Nash.