Dante Alighieri

La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri. Tomo I-II.

Paris, Marcel Prault, 1768.

Two volumes, 12° (143 x 79 mm). cxcii, 212; 432 pages. In the first volume frontispiece with portrait of Dante designed and engraved by Littret in 1767; title-pages engraved by F. Godefroy after J. M. Moreau; a map of Hell according to the model of Antonio Manetti. Fine contemporary uniform binding in gilt-tooled red morocco, over pasteboards, probably executed by Derome. Covers framed within fillet border, floral tools at the corners. Smooth spine, divided in compartments by gilt fillets and friezes, title and volume numbering in gilt lettering. Pastedowns and flyleaves in marbled blue paper. Board edges decorated with a narrow frieze, inside dentelles. Pale blue silk bookmark, gilt edges. An excellent copy. A pencilled bibliographical note on the flyleaf of the first volume.

Provenance: the banker Hans Fürstenberg (1890-1982; in the first volume on the recto of the front flyleaf ex-libris ‘Ex Musaeo Hans Furstenberg', 'Ex Libris Jean Furstenberg'); Livio Ambrogio collection.

A very handsome copy of the Commedia published by Marcel Prault, from the outstanding library assembled by Hans Fürstenberg.