(ST19567-009) [DIVINE COMEDY]. II DANTE, CON ARGOMENTI, & DECHIARATIONE NE DE MOLTI LUOGHI, NOVAMENTE REUISTO, & STAMPATO. DANTE ALIGHIERI.
[DIVINE COMEDY]. II DANTE, CON ARGOMENTI, & DECHIARATIONE NE DE MOLTI LUOGHI, NOVAMENTE REUISTO, & STAMPATO.

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Using the Famous Elegant Granjon Italic Typeface, The First Official French Edition of Dante's "Comedy"

[DIVINE COMEDY]. II DANTE, CON ARGOMENTI, & DECHIARATIONE NE DE MOLTI LUOGHI, NOVAMENTE REUISTO, & STAMPATO.

(Lione [Lyon]: per Giovan di Tournes, 1547). 125 x 75 mm. (5 x 3"). 539, [3] pp. First French Edition.

Pleasing 19th century brown morocco, covers with blind-ruled frame, oblique gilt fleurons at corners, raised bands, blind-ruled spine compartments with gilt fleuron centerpiece, gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With tondo portrait of Dante on title page and printer's device (Silvestre 189) on final page. Front flyleaf with pencilled signature of Aurélie [illegible]. Adams D-96; Murray 684; Brunet II, 503; USTC 149806. ◆One leaf with very small brown stain to text, but nothing much else to fault: an extremely pleasing copy with next to no signs of use.

A pretty edition in Brunet's estimation, this first (non-counterfeited) French edition was printed in Lyon using the elegant italic typeface designed by Robert Granjon. It contains all three books of the "Divine Comedy," each canto preceded by an introductory paragraph and with explanatory notes in the margins. Our first official printing of the "Commedia" in France follows the Aldine counterfeit of 1502/3, and has notes derived from the commentary of Cristoforo Landino. Printer Jean de Tournes (1504-64) worked as a compositor for the well-known Sébastien Gryphe before opening his own press in 1542. A learned humanist, he was noted for the accuracy of his editions. Grandjon (1512/13 - 1590) was apprenticed to a Lyon goldsmith before he began designing and cutting types ca. 1542. According to "Oxford Companion to the Book," "Superb technique, refined forms, and decorative flourishes give his types a certain splendour. His italics . . . established a standard for two centuries."
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