The vision; or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise Dante's Divine Comedy


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Florentine Edition, G. Fattorusso, Florence. Undated, c1890. Translated by Henry Francis Cary. Illustrated with 450 original drawings specially executed for the Divine comedy and 429 other reproductions of works of art of the old masters, views, etc., with a life of Dante, chronological survey of his age and a full index. Printed In Italy. Full leather. Stamped Portrait of Dante on cover. There is significant wear to cover, leather has rubbed on the side of spine with a small tear to the top left. Internally the pages are clean and sturdy. A rare, unusual copy of this classic work. 

The Divine Comedy is a long Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent work in Italian literature, and one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century. It helped establish the Tuscan language, in which it is written, as the standardized Italian language. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

Dante draws on medieval Roman Catholic theology and philosophy, especially Thomistic philosophy derived from the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. Erich Auerbach said Dante was the first writer to depict human beings as the products of a specific time, place and circumstance as opposed to mythic archetypes or a collection of vices and virtues; this along with the fully imagined world of the Divine Comedy, different from our own but fully visualized, suggests that the Divine Comedy could be said to have inaugurated modern fiction.'

Category Poetry