DANTE MAP.

(London: [Printed by the Guild of Handicraft for] David Nutt, 1892). Binding: 192 x 130 mm. (7 5/8 x 5 1/8"); folding sheet: 540 x 865 mm. (21 1/4 x 34"). 51, [1] pp. FIRST EDITION.

Publisher's red buckram boards, rebacked in black cloth, upper cover with central silver fleur-de-lys stamp, front pastedown with tipped-in booklet, as issued. With large linen-backed folding sheet containing two maps printed by the Guild of Handicraft at Essex House and colored by hand. First page of booklet with ink ownership signature. Covers somewhat faded and a little discolored in places, corners worn to boards, tipped-in booklet starting to pull away from pastedown, folding sheet a little toned, a couple creases torn and neatly repaired, but overall in very good condition with no major issues.

Informative, beautifully printed, and ornately decorated, these maps show all the places in Italy that were either visited by Dante during his exile, or mentioned in his works. Accompanied by a small explanatory booklet containing an index of place names, the large folding sheet forms the central component of this work and is composed of two maps--one showing the entire region of Italy and the other showing a closer view of Tuscany and the north--with the title, author, and printer prominently displayed. The whole is decorated with emblematic borders, half medallions, and dense floral motifs. Notably, this map sheet was printed by the Guild of Handicraft, which would later establish the Essex House Press under the direction of C. R. Ashbee. As in other copies of this work, the lower right corner bears the manuscript initials "M. H.," suggesting that it was hand-colored by Mary Hensman herself.
(CCS1916)