DANTE'S INFERNO (1885) GUSTAVE DORE, ALIGHIERI'S VISION of HELL, Cassell Edition

Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri

Illustrated by Gustave Doré

CASSELL & COMPANY, LTD NEW YORK, LONDON AND PARIS

Stated New Edition. Rare publisher and cover design for this title. No date; circa 1885. Folio, gift book design; 10" x 13.25". Dante's Inferno Translated from the Original of Dante Alighieri by Henry Francis Cary and Illustrated by Gustave Doré. Ornately decorated cover and spine embossed in gold and black on dk. brown b.g.; dramatically portrays scene from underworld w/gilded image of Virgil w/laurel leaf in outstretched hand, and smaller portrait of Dante in foreground. Frontispiece portrait of Dante Alighieri. Profusely illustrated throughout w/seventy-six richly designed woodcut plates by the famed illustrator. Dk. brown buckram (cloth) boards w/embossed cover design, spine titles and decoration, moderate shelf wear. Pages generally very good, vintage name inside cover . Lt. blue patterned endpapers mended , moderate discoloration. Bind fine; frt., bk. hinges reinforced. With Critical and Explanatory Notes, Life of Dante, and Chronology. Solid, near very good example.

The first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, the "Inferno" (or "Hell") begins on the night before Good Friday in the year 1300, "halfway along our life's path". Dante is thirty-five years old, half of the biblical life expectancy
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