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Posts tagged Dante Alighieri.

The Stone Beloved: Six Poems from Dante Alighieri.
Translated by Harry Duncan. Lithographs by Peter Nickel. Kairos Press, AThens, 1986.

Folio, gilt-lettered 1/4 vellum over boards; slipcase. number 11 of 150 signed by nickel.

~ Amor, che movi tua vertú da cielo = Love, who move your might from sky
~Io son venuto al punto de la rota = I come to that point on the wheel
~Al poco giorno e al gran cerchio d’ombra = To small day circled by great shadow
~Amor, tu vedi ben che questa donna = Love, you can plainly see this woman
~Così nel mio parlar voglio esser aspro = I want my words to be as fierce
~Amor, da che convien pur ch’io mi doglia = Love, it is time to tell my hurt.

According to the tags on the original post, this is a 1928 Serbian edition of Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’. .

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighiere. Illustrated by Sandow Birk, The Tillium Press, 2003-2005.

3 volumes, folio (13 7/8 x 11 in; 353 x 275 mm). 209 original lithographs, numerous smaller lithographic vignettes in text. Original publisher’s pictorial colored calf, stamped in black and gilt; Purgatorio bound in green calf, Paradiso in white calf and Inferno in maroon calf.


Birk, along with Marcus Sanders, adapted Dante’s Divine Comedy into 21st century Southern California, setting the poem among the neon and asphalt while Dante and Virgil discuss faith and philosophy. Birk uses Doré’s illustration as a starting point for his own, thoroughly modern interpretation.

La Divina Commedia
Dante Alighieri. Florence, Alinari, 1902-03.

3 vol. in one, numerous illustrations, including 36 full page plates in tinted collotype, contemporary cuir cisele binding, full calf, front cover with figure of heaven above the circles of hell, red silk liners.


A copy of Dante’s Vision; the notes and life are secondary. An inscription inside is dated 1891; I think the volume is a couple of years older but it isn’t dated. Lovely art-nouveau cover, isn’t it? They were giving away old book at the dept. and I grabbed it.

Nice find!

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