06-01-2013 06-01-2013
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June 1, 2013 11:00 AMCalender

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Le Terze Rime

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2658B Location: Boston Date / Time: June 01, 2013 11:00AM


Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) Le Terze Rime. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1502.
Octavo, first Aldine edition, complete, including the blank between the Inferno and Purgatorio, the first appearance of Aldus's anchor device used on H4 verso; with the typographical error: Alaghieri on a1 verso; old manuscript numbers visible at top outside corners of leaves, in a blue morocco Riviere binding, with the anchor and dolphin on both boards, the front board re-hinged, a.e.g.; presentation inscription from the British poet and novelist Stephen Spender (1909-1995) and his wife Natasha Litvin (1919-2010) to American poet and Harvard professor, Theodore Spencer (1902-1949) on ffep; 6 x 3 3/4 in.
An important milestone in the history of printing: the first portable Dante, and the first use of Aldus's famous trademark.
Estimate $6,500-8,500

a-z8, A-G8, H4. (l2 blank and present)

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Aldus, Dante Alighieri, Stephen Spender, anchor device, Inferno, poet and novelist, professor, Natasha Litvin, poet, Theodore Spencer, printing, G8