The Divine Comedy. By Dante Alighieri. Translated by John Ciardi. Illustrated by Gustave Dore. Special Edition. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1985.

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Dante, the greatest Italian poet, defined literature in the Middle Ages and thereafter. His contemporaries across Europe revered him. Even Chaucer, who wrote decades later, and, according to most scholars, was not fluent in Italian, praised Dante for his genius. Both pioneered the use of vernacular in narrative poetry, bringing old forms into a burgeoning era of mercantile and international society where many languages and classes were interacting like never before. Dante’s greatest achievement is without question the Divine Comedy, a three-part narrative poem describing the poet’s descent into hell alongside his guide, Virgil, and his ascent into heaven, alongside the divine Beatrice. It affected literature and Catholicism immensely, becoming a keystone of Western society. Numerous translations and editions have been in print. Yet few are as praised as John Ciardi’s English translation, and fewer still as Gustave Dore’s immaculate illustrations. Dore, the great French illustrator, captures Dante’s dark and heavenly descriptions perfectly with his highly detailed wood engravings. Dore’s work advanced book illustration immeasurably. In this special edition, Ciardi’s translation is paired with Gore’s engravings. It was produced in coordination with the Franklin Library and the Oxford University Press. It is part of the subscriber’s series from Oxford: the Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books.

This special edition is in fine condition. In the original faux half leather spine with elaborately gilt stamped boards, fine. Raised bands. Gilt spine label. Text block fine. Marble print endpapers. Silk bookmark sewn in. Gustave Dore’s acclaimed wood engravings superb.

A fine collector’s copy of The Divine Comedy.

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The Divine Comedy. By Dante Alighieri. Translated by John Ciardi. Illustrated by Gustave Dore. Special Edition. Franklin Library. Franklin Center, 1985.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in