(Hopewell, NJ: [Printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler for] Ecco Press, 1993). 330 x 250 mm. (13 x 10"). xiii, , 199,  pp.,  leaf (colophon). Edited by Daniel Halpern, with an introduction by James Merrill and an afterword by Giuseppe Mazzotta. No. 75 OF 125 COPIES, SIGNED by all 20 poets (and 20 poet's copies, hors de commerce).
Original burgundy raw silk backed with black morocco by Claudia Cohen, smooth spine with gilt lettering, black endpapers and flyleaves, edges untrimmed. In the matching black raw silk slipcase. With an original color etching by Francesco Clemente laid in as frontispiece. In mint condition.
This is a lovely deluxe edition of a collaborative work that demonstrates the lasting influence of the great Medieval poet. The list of translators is impressive: Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney (who found much inspiration in Dante); U.S. Poets Laureate Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, Robert Pinsky, W. S. Merwin, Charles Wright, and Robert Hass; Pulitzer Prize winners Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Jorie Graham, Richard Howard, C. K. Williams, and James Merrill; as well as Amy Clampitt, Cynthia Macdonald, Stanley Plumly, Susan Mitchell, Carolyn Forche, Alfred Corn, Deborah Digges, and press founder Daniel Halpern, a respected poet as well as an editor and publisher. Halpern established the Ecco Press in 1971, with funding from literary philanthropist Drue Heinz; the press took its name from her beloved dog. Ecco’s catalogue includes literary fiction, poetry, science writing, and cookbooks. It was purchased by Harper Collins in 1999, and remains an imprint of that publishing house. Claudia Cohen is a contemporary binder who has been working with private presses and on her own projects for more than 30 years. She began her career at the Gehenna Press, first working with master printer Harold McGrath, then later in an apprenticeship with binder Gray Parrot. (ST15816-60)
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