In the spectacular publisher's binding

DANTE ALIGHIERI, Gustave DORE (illustrator) and D.D. MINAEV (translator)

Bozhestvennaia Komediia

[The Divine Comedy]

Publication: Leiptsig and Skt. Peterburg, Volf, 1874-79.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, Gustave DORE (illustrator) and D.D. MINAEV (translator), Bozhestvennaia Komediia

Lovely copy, in the impressive original binding, of the first complete translation of Dante in Russia. With Doré’s celebrated illustrations.

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Attractive example of the first complete Russian translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy, famously illustrated by Gustave Doré: a masterpiece of Russian book production, bringing together scholarship, illustration and book art, especially remarkable in the publisher’s binding.


E.S. Romanovich, Rostov on Don (bookshop blue ink stamps in Russian to titles).

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Physical Description

Three parts in two volumes large 4to. Complete with all three frontispieces, illustrated titles and 88 plates after Doré.


Publisher’s red cloth, flat spines, all richly stamped and lettered in gilt and blind.


Binding a bit worn at extremities, spines lightly sunned; two leaves in duplicate at beginning of vol. 1, some foxing throughout as usual, especially on the plates and their versos, text usually with only minor foxing. A pleasant copy, with the impressive bindings in very good, bright condition.

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