Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VI – La Divine Commedia, or The Divine Vision of Dante Alighieri, Nonesuch Press, 1928

The Nonesuch Press was founded by poet and book designer Francis Meynell, along with his wife, Vera Mendel, and David Garnett in 1922 where it operated from the basement of Garnett’s bookshop in Soho. Although the press continued, in one form or another, into the mid 1960’s, publishing over 140 titles, the vast majority of their bibliography was issued in the Nonesuch Press’ first two … Continue reading Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part VI – La Divine Commedia, or The Divine Vision of Dante Alighieri, Nonesuch Press, 1928

Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, Illustrations from William Blake, Folio Society, 1998

Months ago, Books and Vines took a look at Folio Society’s edition of Dante Alighieri‘s Purgatorio, illustrated by Salvador Dali. Since then, I have been looking for the sister books to this. FS published the Divine Comedy as three separate books, each with different illustrators (besides Dali’s Purgatorio, Inferno with illustrations by William Blake and Paradiso by Giovanni di Paolo). In my local book store, I stumbled on Inferno, which is now presented to you below. Any … Continue reading Inferno, by Dante Alighieri, Illustrations from William Blake, Folio Society, 1998

La Vita Nuova, by Dante Alighieri, Published by George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., ~ 1916

{Ed. Note: This outstanding review of Dante’s La Vita Nuova is courtesy of Librarything user Django6924.} Dante’s La Vita Nuova is one of those canonical books which, like Machiavelli’s The Prince and Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier, are more often read about than read today. It is always ranked among the most influential of Renaissance books–not the least because La Vita Nuova was written in the … Continue reading La Vita Nuova, by Dante Alighieri, Published by George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., ~ 1916

Purgatorio, by Dante Alighieri with Illustrations by Salvador Dali, Folio Society

{Ed Note:  This is another great review from LibraryThing user ParadigmTree.} The Folio Society’s edition of Dante Alighieri‘s Purgatorio, illustrated by Salvador Dali, was one of those wonderful finds that reconfirmed my decision to join Folio Society.  I first encountered Dali’s illustrations for the Divine Comedy in a small gallery in Barcelona, along with other illustration work for Don Quixote and Casanova.  While I knew that Dali … Continue reading Purgatorio, by Dante Alighieri with Illustrations by Salvador Dali, Folio Society