Dante Alighieri

La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri, novamente corretta e spiegata e difesa da F.B.L.M.C. Cantica I [-III].

Rome, Antonio Fulgoni, 1791.

Three volumes, 4° (273 x 193 mm). xxviii, 502, [2]; 523, [1]; xii, 541, [1], 16 pages. Title-pages uncounted in the foliation and collation, with two engraved medallion portraits of Dante. Three engraved plates, showing the maps of Hell (vol. 1), Purgatory (vol. 2) and Paradise (vol. 3). Contemporary uniform binding, hazel polished calf over pasteboards. Covers within a narrow gilt frieze. Smooth spine, decorated with neoclassical tools, author's name and volume numbering in gold on double lettering-piece. Marbled pastedowns and flyleaves. Green silk bookmarks, edges speckled pale brown. A few scratches on the covers, joints abrased; in the first volume wear to the top of the spine. A very good copy, printed on strong paper. A few leaves rather browned, light foxing elsewhere.

Provenance: Livio Ambrogio collection.

The first complete edition of the Commedia printed in Rome, and the first appearance in print of the outstanding commentary by Baldassarre Lombardi (1718-1802). The text is mainly based on the Milanese Commedia of 1478, commonly known as Nidobeatina, compared with the Foligno and Mantua editions of 1472, and over thirty manuscripts.
The edition also contains a Vita di Dante written by the abbot Pierantonio Serassi, first published in Bergamo in 1752, while the third volume includes, as an appendix, the Aggiunta alla Divina Commedia. Esame delle correzioni che pretende doversi fare in essa edizione il Veronese Monsignor Canonico Gio. Jacopo de' Marchesi Dionisi, Lombardi's polemical response to the Dante scholar from Verona Giovanni Iacopo Dionisi (1724-1808).